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homosexuality

[hoh-muh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee, or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-]
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noun
  1. sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex.
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Origin of homosexuality

First recorded in 1890–95; homo- + sexuality
Related formsan·ti·ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for homosexuality

homosexuality

noun
  1. sexual attraction to or sexual relations with members of the same sexCompare heterosexuality
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Word Origin and History for homosexuality

n.

1892; see homosexual + -ity.

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homosexuality in Medicine

homosexuality

(hō′mə-sĕk′shōō-ălĭ-tē, -mō-)
n.
  1. Sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
  2. Sexual activity with another of the same sex.
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homosexuality in Culture

homosexuality

A sexual attraction between persons of the same sex. (See gay and lesbian; compare heterosexuality.)

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