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Heterosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between persons of opposite sex or gender (in the gender binary sense). As a sexual orientation, heterosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, physical or romantic attractions to persons of the opposite sex"; it also refers to "a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions". The term is usually applied to humans, but it is also observed in all mammals.

In slang, the term "breeder" has been used as a denigrating phrase to deride heterosexuals.