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having no sex or organs.
independent of processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.

free from or unaffected by sexuality:
an asexual friendship.
Historical Examples

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

having no apparent sex or sex organs
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding

1862; see asexual + -ly (2).

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

asexual a·sex·u·al (ā-sěk’shōō-əl)

Having no evident sex or sex organs; sexless.

Relating to, produced by, or involving reproduction that occurs without the union of male and female gametes, as in binary fission or budding.

Lacking interest in or desire for sex.

a·sex’u·al’i·ty (-āl’ĭ-tē) n.
a·sex’u·al·ly adv.


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