One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Genetics. Designating any form of genetic recombination that occurs by a process other than the fusion of gametes, as (in certain fungi) by the fusion of nuclei, (in bacteria) by conjugation, transduction, or transformation, or (in viruses) by exchange of genes within a host cell.
2Having sexual aspects but not involving full sexual relations.
1950s. From para- + sexual [noun].
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