Sexual
Sexual Sex"u*al, a. [L. sexualis, fr. sexus sex: cf. F. sexuel.] Of or pertaining to sex, or the sexes; distinguishing sex; peculiar to the distinction and office of male or female; relating to the distinctive genital organs of the sexes; proceeding from, or based upon, sex; as, sexual characteristics; sexual intercourse, connection, or commerce; sexual desire; sexual diseases; sexual generation. [1913 Webster]

{Sexual dimorphism} (Biol.), the condition of having one of the sexes existing in two forms, or varieties, differing in color, size, etc., as in many species of butterflies which have two kinds of females.

{Sexual method} (Bot.), a method of classification proposed by Linn[ae]us, founded mainly on difference in number and position of the stamens and pistils of plants.

{Sexual selection} (Biol.), the selective preference of one sex for certain characteristics in the other, such as bright colors, musical notes, etc.; also, the selection which results from certain individuals of one sex having more opportunities of pairing with the other sex, on account of greater activity, strength, courage, etc.; applied likewise to that kind of evolution which results from such sexual preferences. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

In these cases, therefore, natural selection seems to have acted independently of sexual selection. --A. R. Wallace. [1913 Webster]


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  • sexual — adjetivo 1. Del sexo o la sexualidad: educación sexual, deseo sexual, hormonas sexuales, órganos sexuales, relaciones sexuales. Eres un obseso sexual. acoso* sexual. acto* carnal / sexual. vida* sexual. Locuciones 1. perversión* sexual. 2 …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • sexual — SEXUÁL, Ă, sexuali, e, adj. Care se referă la sex şi îl caracterizează; care este privit din punctul de vedere al raportului dintre sexe, care se referă la viaţa sexuală. [pr.: xu al] – Din fr. sexuel, lat. sexualis. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007 …   Dicționar Român

  • sexual — 1650s, of or pertaining to the fact of being male or female, from L.L. sexualis relating to sex, from L. sexus (see SEX (Cf. sex)). Meaning pertaining to copulation or generation is from 1766; sexual intercourse attested by 1778; sexual… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sexual — (Del lat. sexuālis). adj. Perteneciente o relativo al sexo. ☛ V. abusos sexuales, acoso sexual, acto sexual, agresión sexual, carácter sexual …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • sexual — adj. sex. Relativo al sexo. Medical Dictionary. 2011. sexual Relacionado con el sexo …   Diccionario médico

  • sexual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the instincts and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals. 2) relating to the sexes or to gender. 3) (of reproduction) involving the fusion of gametes. 4) Biology… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sexual — (Sexuell, v. lat.), was auf das Geschlecht Bezug hat, dasselbe betrifft, bezeichnet etc.; daher Sexualorgane, die Genitalien; Sexualsystem, so v.w. Linnéisches Pflanzensystem; Sexualist, Botaniker, welcher dem Linnéischen Pflanzensysteme huldigt; …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sexuāl — (sexuell, lat.), geschlechtlich, aufs Geschlecht bezüglich, besonders der Pflanzen; Sexualität, Geschlechtlichkeit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sexual — Sexuāl (lat., sexuéll), geschlechtlich, auf das Geschlecht (sexus), Geschlechtsleben bezüglich; Sexualität, Geschlechtsleben; Sexualorgane, s. Geschlechtsorgane; Sexualsystem, die Linnésche Einteilung der Pflanzen nach ihren Geschlechtsorganen;… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • sexual — adj. 2 g. 1. Que caracteriza o sexo dos animais e das plantas. 2. Que tem sexo. 3. Relativo ao sexo. 4. caracteres sexuais: conjunto das manifestações anatômicas e fisiológicas determinadas pelo sexo. (Distinguem se os carateres sexuais primários …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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