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heterosexuality

[ het-er-uh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee or, esp. British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti or, esp. British, -ˌsɛks yu- /
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noun

sexual feeling or behavior directed toward a person or persons of the opposite sex.

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Nearby words

heteroscedastic, heterosex, heterosexism, heterosexist, heterosexual, heterosexuality, heterosis, heterosocial, heterosporous, heterospory, heterostracan

Origin of heterosexuality

First recorded in 1895–1900; hetero- + sexuality
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British Dictionary definitions for heterosexuality

heterosexuality

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) /

noun

sexual attraction to or sexual relations with a person or persons of the opposite sexCompare homosexuality
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Word Origin and History for heterosexuality

heterosexuality


n.

1900; see heterosexual + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for heterosexuality

heterosexuality

[ hĕt′ə-rō-sĕk′shōō-ălĭ-tē ]

n.

Erotic attraction, predisposition, or sexual behavior between persons of the opposite sex.
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Culture definitions for heterosexuality

heterosexuality


Sexual attraction between a male and a female. (Compare bisexuality and homosexuality.)

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