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[ey-sek-shoo-uh l]
  1. Biology.
    1. having no sex or sexual organs.
    2. independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.
  2. free from sexual desires or sexuality: an asexual friendship;a woman who identifies as asexual;an asexual hug.
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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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Historical Examples of asexually

  • There is, however, one difference between beings produced sexually and asexually, which is very general.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Darwin

  • Under such changed conditions a complex organism, if only asexually propagated, would become extinct.

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for asexually


  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
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Derived Formsasexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌæ-), nounasexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for asexually


1862; see asexual + -ly (2).

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1830, as a term in biology, a hybrid from a- (2) "not" + sexual. In general contexts, attested from 1896.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

asexually in Medicine


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