Heterosexual
A person sexually attracted to persons of the opposite sex. Colloquially known as "straight." The term "heterosexual" can also be an adjective.
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1. A person whose sexual orientation is toward persons of the opposite sex. 2. Relating to or characteristic of heterosexuality. 3. One whose interests and behavior are characteristic of heterosexuality.

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het·ero·sex·u·al .het-ə-rō-'seksh-(ə-)wəl, -'sek-shəl adj
1 a) of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward individuals of the opposite sex compare HOMOSEXUAL (1)
b) of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between a male and a female <sexual relationships between individuals of opposite sexes are \heterosexual (A. C. Kinsey)> compare HOMOSEXUAL (2)
2) of or relating to different sexes
het·ero·sex·u·al·ly -'seksh-(ə-)wə-lē, -'sek-shə-lē adv
heterosexual n a heterosexual individual

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het·ero·sex·u·al (het″ər-o-sekґshoo-əl) 1. pertaining to the opposite sex; directed toward a person of the opposite sex, as opposed to homosexual. 2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the opposite sex. 3. contrasexual (def. 2).

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  • heterosexual — adjetivo 1. [Relación sexual] que se produce entre individuos de diferente sexo. adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que practica la heterosexualidad: El riesgo del sida ha aumentado entre la población heterosexual …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • heterosexual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sexually attracted to the opposite sex. 2) involving or characterized by such sexual attraction. ► NOUN ▪ a heterosexual person. DERIVATIVES heterosexuality noun heterosexually adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • heterosexual — [het΄ər ō sek′sho͞o əl] adj. 1. of or characterized by sexual desire for those of the opposite sex 2. Biol. of different sexes n. a heterosexual individual heterosexuality [het΄ər ō΄sek′sho al′ə tē, het΄ər ə sek′sho͞oal′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • heterosexual — 1. persona cuyo deseo o preferencia sexual está dirigida hacia personas del sexo opuesto. 2. relativo o perteneciente al deseo o preferencia sexual por personas del sexo opuesto. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud,… …   Diccionario médico

  • heterosexual — (adj.) 1892, in C.G. Craddock s translation of Krafft Ebbing s Psychopathia Sexualis, a hybrid; see HETERO (Cf. hetero ) + SEXUAL (Cf. sexual). The noun is recorded from 1920, but not in common use until 1960s. Colloquial shortening hetero is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • heterosexual — (De hetero y sexual). 1. adj. Dicho de una persona: Que practica la heterosexualidad. U. t. c. s.) 2. Se dice de la relación erótica entre individuos de diferente sexo. 3. Perteneciente o relativo a la heterosexualidad …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • heterosexual — [[t]he̱təroʊse̱kʃuəl[/t]] heterosexuals 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A heterosexual relationship is a sexual relationship between a man and a woman. 2) ADJ Someone who is heterosexual is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • heterosexual — ► adjetivo 1 Se refiere a la relación que se produce entre individuos de sexo diferente. ANTÓNIMO homosexual ► adjetivo/ sustantivo 2 Se dice de la persona que mantiene relaciones con otra de sexo diferente. ANTÓNIMO homosexual ► adjetivo 3 BOT …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • heterosexual — I UK [ˌhetərəʊˈsekʃuəl] / US [ˌhetəroʊˈsekʃuəl] adjective sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex • See: bisexual, homosexual Derived word: heterosexuality UK [ˌhetərəʊˌsekʃuˈælətɪ] / US [ˌhetəroʊˌsekʃuˈælətɪ] noun uncountable II UK… …   English dictionary

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