[ ey-sek-shoo-uhl ]
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  1. Zoology, Botany.

    • having no organs of reproduction: In nature, there are numerous examples of asexual plant and animal species.

    • independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells: Asexual reproduction is common among echinoderms such as starfish, basket stars, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers.

  2. experiencing little or no sexual attraction to other people: a woman who identifies as asexual.: Compare graysexual (def. 1).

  1. not involving sex or sexual feelings; nonsexual: an asexual friendship;an asexual hug.

  1. a person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to other people.: Compare graysexual (def. 2).

Origin of asexual

First recorded in 1820–30; a-6 + sexual

Other words from asexual

  • a·sex·u·al·i·ty [ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee], /eɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
  • a·sex·u·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for asexual


/ (eɪˈsɛksjʊəl, æ-) /

  1. having no apparent sex or sex organs

  2. (of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding

Derived forms of asexual

  • asexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌæ-), noun
  • asexually, adverb

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