heterosexual

[ het-er-uh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu- /
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adjective

of, relating to, or exhibiting heterosexuality.
Biology. pertaining to the opposite sex or to both sexes.

noun

a heterosexual person.

Nearby words

  1. heteroromantic,
  2. heteroscedastic,
  3. heterosex,
  4. heterosexism,
  5. heterosexist,
  6. heterosexuality,
  7. heterosis,
  8. heterosocial,
  9. heterosporous,
  10. heterospory

Origin of heterosexual

First recorded in 1890–95; hetero- + sexual

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British Dictionary definitions for heterosexual

heterosexual

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈsɛksjʊəl) /

noun

a person who is sexually attracted to the opposite sex

adjective

of or relating to heterosexuality
Compare homosexual

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Word Origin and History for heterosexual

heterosexual

adj.

1892, in C.G. Craddock's translation of Krafft-Ebbing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," a hybrid; see hetero- + sexual. The noun is recorded from 1920, but not in common use until 1960s. Colloquial shortening hetero is attested from 1933.

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Medicine definitions for heterosexual

heterosexual

[ hĕt′ə-rō-sĕkshōō-əl ]

adj.

Sexually oriented to persons of the opposite sex.

n.

A heterosexual person.

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