asexual

[ ey-sek-shoo-uh l ]
/ eɪˈsɛk ʃu əl /

adjective

Biology.
  1. having no sex or sexual organs.
  2. independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.
free from sexual desires or sexuality: an asexual friendship;a woman who identifies as asexual;an asexual hug.

Nearby words

  1. aseptic,
  2. aseptic meningitis,
  3. aseptic necrosis,
  4. aseptic surgery,
  5. aser,
  6. asexual dwarf,
  7. asexual generation,
  8. asexual reproduction,
  9. asexuality,
  10. asexualize

Origin of asexual

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

Related formsa·sex·u·al·i·ty [ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] /eɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, nouna·sex·u·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for asexuality

asexual

/ (eɪˈsɛksjʊəl, æ-) /

adjective

having no apparent sex or sex organs
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding
Derived Formsasexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌæ-), nounasexually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for asexuality
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Medicine definitions for asexuality

asexual

[ ā-sĕkshōō-əl ]

adj.

Having no evident sex or sex organs; sexless.
Relating to, produced by, or involving reproduction that occurs without the union of male and female gametes, as in binary fission or budding.
Lacking interest in or desire for sex.
Related formsa•sex′u•ali•ty (-ălĭ-tē) n.a•sexu•al•ly adv.


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Culture definitions for asexuality

asexuality

[ (ay-sek-shooh-al-i-tee) ]

Having no sexual organs, or engaging in no sexual activity.

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