Sexual Dictionary - letter A
- the part of the body between the chest and pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines,
liver, spleen, and pancreas.
Also called belly.
deviation from normal. Not typical, usual, or regular.
- Abnormal bleeding
menstrual bleeding between periods. Most often can be a symptom of a serious disease.
a phenomenon or occurrence that is not normal. Behavior that breaches the rule or
etiquette or custom or morality.
- ABO blood group
classification of red blood cells based on the presence or absence of
A and B type antigens. According to the type of antigen present, a person
may be assigned a blood type of A, B, AB or O. The ABO blood group system
is important because it determines who can donate blood to or accept blood
from whom. Type A or AB blood will cause an immune reaction in people with
type B blood and type B and AB blood will cause a reaction in people with
type A blood. Conversely, type O blood has no A or B antigens, so people
with type O blood are universal donors. And since AB blood already produces
both antigens, people who are type AB can accept any of the other blood types
without suffering an immune reaction.
a substance or device that is used to facilitate an abortion.
the premature expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus. A miscarriage.
This can be done as an artificial procedure, but it often happens naturally when the
mother's body expels the fetus because it has died, has genetic or developmental defects,
or because of infection or illness in the mother. Natural abortions are typically called
miscarriages. Medically induced abortions, which can be completed with surgery or with
hormone drugs, are performed because the fetus is unwanted, deformed, not likely to live,
or endangers the mother's life or health.
The four classic symptoms, usually present in each type of abortion, are uterine
contractions, uterine hemorrhage, softening and dilatation of the cervix and presentation
or expulsion of all or part of the products of conception.
a localized collection of
pus in part of the body, swollen, formed
by tissue disintegration and surrounded by an inflamed area.
to hold back or restrain.
Sexual abstinence - decision to not have sex. A voluntary refraining from all sexual activities.
to cause physical or psychological harm.
Sexual abuse - 1) the infliction of sexual contact upon a person by forcible compulsion.
2) the engaging in sexual contact with a person who is below a specified age or who is
incapable of giving consent because of age or mental or physical incapacity.
an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin that is
marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face.
Acne vulgaris - a form of acne, which results from the bacterial infection of cysts deep
within the skin. Generally requires treatment with antibiotics. Without treatment cystic
acne may result in scarring.
Juvenile acne is the acne that occurs during
- Acquaintance rape
intercourse by someone known to the victim.
gotten through environmental forces. In disease terms, something gotten from someone
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are acquired.
a cap-like membrane at the leading edge of a
spermatozoon, which contains enzymes
specifically designed to be capable of female's
- Acute (about a disease)
having a rapid onset and following a short but severe course. Not chronic.
strong physiological and psychological dependence or habitual use of a substance or
practice, despite the negative consequences of its use.
a benign epithelial tumor having a glandular origin and
a condition where endometrial glands and supporting tissues are found in the muscular
wall of the uterus where it would not occur normally.
swelling or abnormal enlargement of the lymph nodes. A general term for glandular disease.
- Adipose fatty cells
special cells in which fat is stored when a person's caloric intake is greater than
that required by one's metabolism.
the period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to
complete growth and maturity.
- Adrenal glands
the glands that sit on the upper portion of the kidneys and secrete several steroid
hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone and adrenal androgens.
intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the
the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are
the placenta and fetal membranes, which is attached to the fetus by the umbilical
cord, expelled from the uterus following after the baby is born.
- Age of consent
the age at which a person is legally considered competent to give consent, as to
- Age of majority
the age at which a person is granted by law the rights (as ability to sue) and
responsibilities (as liability under contract) of an adult.
acronym from acquired immunodeficiency
syndrome. A severe (often fatal) immunological disorder caused by
a perversion (as masochism or sadism) in which pleasure and especially
sexual gratification is obtained by inflicting or suffering pain.
a substance (such as pollen, glair, or spermicides) that causes an allergy.
an abnormally high sensitivity of the human organism in contact with an allergen (such
as pollens, foods, or microorganisms). Common indications of allergy may include sneezing,
itching, and skin rashes.
hair loss, especially of the head. Baldness.
congenital absence of one or both breasts.
the absence or suppression of periods (menstruation).
Primary amenorrhea - missing menstruation in girls who are 16 years old or 3 years after
they have shown the first signs of puberty. Usually caused by a hormone imbalance or
developmental problem. Secondary amenorrhea - suddenly stops of menstruating for more than
6 months after having normal periods. Hormones are also often responsible.
Pregnancy amenorrhea - absence of periods during pregnancy.
Lactation amenorrhea - the absence of normal menstrual cycle (ovulation and menstruation)
due to changes the body's physiology by breast feeding after child birth. Some times it
is used as a
birth control method.
Amenorrhea can occur also caused
by pregnancy, using contraceptives, stress, some medication, illness, hormonal imbalance,
malnutrition, excessive exercise, thyroid malfunction or pituitary gland tumor.
prenatal diagnosis method performed between 15 and 20
pregnancy used to diagnose chromosomal
abnormalities or genetic disorders. It also can detect the baby's sex. For this a small
sample of amniotic fluid is drawn out of the uterus through a very thin needle inserted
through abdomen into the uterus and analyzed.
- Amniotic fluid
liquid within the amniotic sac protects the fetus from injury and helps to regulate the
temperature of the fetus.
- Amniotic sac
thin membrane filled with fluid (amniotic fluid) within the abdomen that that surrounds
the fetus during pregnancy.
of, relating to, or near the anus. Pertaining to the anus.
- Anal sex (anal
sexual behavior involving the anus and
rectum, especially the insertion of the erect penis into the anus. The use
sex toys and other activities involving
the anus and rectum can be considered anal sex as well. Individuals who engage
in anal intercourse, in which the penis or an object is inserted into thes anus,
should use artificial lubrication because of the lack of lubricating glands
in the anus.
the complete history recalled and recounted by a patient. Besides clinical examination,
anamneses provides information for an accurate diagnosis.
the most severe form of allergy, in which the person's heart and lungs are unable to
keep working, and death occurs unless prompt medical attention is obtained.
a hormone, such as testosterone or androsterone, produced by
testicles and in small quantities by
ovaries. Androgens are responsible for
physical maturation and controls the development and maintenance of masculine
characteristics. Stimulate sebaceous glands, higher levels of androgen hormone
being related to acne development.
- Androgen deficiency
lower than normal amounts of androgens, particularly
- Androgyne (androgynous)
one having both male and female sexual characteristics and reproductive organs; at birth an
unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made.
Also called hermaphrodites.
having both masculine and feminine characteristics, as in attitudes and behaviors that
contain features of stereotyped, culturally sanctioned sexual roles of both male and female.
Being neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine, as in dress, appearance, or behavior.
the branch of medicine concerned with diseases peculiar to the male sex, particularly
reproductive system - infertility and sexual dysfunction. The specialist is called
the period of man's life, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55, marked by
a drop in
testosterone hormone levels secreted by the
testicles. The body changes occur and may be
accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and
physical agility. It is a phenomenon similar to the female
an abnormal fear or dislike of men or of the male sex, resulting in avoidance of
situations where men are present.
the inability to
semen despite stimulation of the
masturbation. In this condition the man is never able
to ejaculate semen consciously (total anejaculation) or is able to ejaculate in some
situations but not in others (situational anejaculation). Anejaculation can be anorgasmic
- men never reach orgasm, or orgasmic - men reach and experience orgasm but do not
ejaculate semen, either because there is failure of emission of semen or because there is
a condition in witch the amount of
red blood cells or
hemoglobin becomes reduced. Since red blood cells
deliver oxygen to the various organs and muscles anemia produces fatigue, weakness, headache, and dizziness
that can be severe. Caused by different conditions, including iron deficiency. The diagnosis
of anemia is confirmed by appropriate blood tests.
drug-induced loss of feeling or sensation.
an agent used to produce anesthesia.
sexual stimulation by licking or kissing the anus. A type of oral-genital
Also called rimming.
Lack of protection represents
risk of infections.
of, relating to, or involving the anus the genital. Anogenital area
includes : anus,
meatus of the
a problem or feature not normally present in a healthy individual especially as a result
congenital defects. Unexpected behavior.
a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite, especially as a result of
Anorexia nervosa - a serious eating disorder primarily of young women in their teens and
early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain
leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss.
the inability to achieve
person not able to experience an
Also called inorgasmic.
- Anovular cycle
a menstrual cycle in which a woman
menstruates, but she does not
Anovular cycles are commonly seen during
menopause as the female
reproductive system becomes
puberty) and inactive (
puberty period) or
menopause period), pregnancy, oral contraceptive
pills, estrogen and progesterone imbalances, dysfunction of the ovary, excessive
exercise and weight loss or stress.
a chemical substance produced by a microorganism, which has the capacity, in dilute
solutions, to inhibit the growth of or to kill other microorganisms. Antibiotics that are
sufficiently nontoxic to the host are used as chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of
infectious diseases of man, animals and plants.
a protein substance produced in the blood or tissues in response to a specific antigen,
such as a bacterium or a toxin, witch destroys or weakens bacteria and neutralizes organic
poisons, thus forming the basis of
immunity. Neutralize an invading foreign agent or
antigen, such as a virus.
a substance that prevents the clotting or thickening of blood.
remedy or an agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
a foreign agent capable of starting an immune response or causing the
body to produce antibodies. A substance that when introduced into the body
stimulates the production of an antibody. Antigens include toxins, bacteria,
viruses, fungi, foreign blood cells, and the cells of transplanted organs.
Also called allergen or immunogen.
any substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of disease-causing
any substance capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of
the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste is
eliminated from the body. The "butt hole".
an abnormal and overwhelming sense of fear resulting from the anticipation of a
realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often marked by physiological
signs as sweating, tension, and increased pulse.
a chemical agent or odor that stimulate sexual desires.
- Areola (breast's)
the circular field of dark colored skin surrounding the
mutual sexual stimulation prior to sexual
to create sexual interest, either by physical or mental stimulation.
1) having no evident sex or sex organs. Sexless. 2) person who lacks
physical attraction to the same or opposite sex.
the condition of lacking interest in or desire for sex. an be regarded as a
inability to produce or
a condition in which sexual arousal becomes dependent on being strangled up to the
point of passing out.
loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness. Debility.
loss or reduction in number of mobile
the condition of having a disease but not experiencing any signs or symptoms.
Most of the
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are asymptomatic.
- Atrophy (atrophia)
a wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease,
pressure, malnutrition, decreased function, hormonal changes, injury, or lack of use (for
example : muscular atrophy of a person affected with paralysis).
- Autoimmune (disease)
disease characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your
immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.
capable of being transmitted from one's own body, from one part of the body
a secondary infection originating from a focus of infection already in the
spermatozoa from the
The only 100 % risk free sex is the one you don't have.
Sex is a matter of quality, not quantity.