promiscuity

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promiscuity

(prŏm′ĭ-skyo͞o′ĭ-tē, prō′mĭ-)
n. pl. promiscui·ties
The state or character of being promiscuous.
Molecular biology The ability of a molecule with a conformational specificity—e.g., a receptor, enzyme or antibody—to bind to various non-specific ligands, substrates or antigens
Sexology The engageing in multiple and indiscriminate sexual relationships

promiscuity

Social medicine The engaging in multiple and indiscriminate sexual relationships

promiscuity

A loose term for sexual promiscuity-a common pattern of behaviour in which sex is valued for its variety and immediate gratifications rather than as one of the important bases for a long-term relationship. Some psychologists equate promiscuity with social immaturity; others hold it to be unrelated. Promiscuity has always carried penalties of some kind, often in the form of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea, herpes and Chlamydial infections. In an AIDS context, these have become much more significant.
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Behavioural patterns of extra-pair copulations in tree swallows.
Our breeding season testosterone profile for male Tree Swallows supports the role of testosterone in behaviors associated with nest and mate defense, and obtaining additional mating opportunities through extra-pair copulations.
This can lead to fewer opportunities for intraspecific encounters and fewer extra-pair copulations (EPCs).
Communal calling assemblages are unlikely to have a role in social mate choice, but they could provide an opportunity for already-mated trogons to gain extra-pair copulations.
I posit the territorial male was inspecting the female as part of a mate guarding strategy, perhaps investigating for evidence of extra-pair copulations.
We partitioned our analyses because 11 of 12 of nests (92%) contained young produced as a result of extra-pair copulations involving a male other than the social father and 40% of all nestlings (23 of 57) were extra-pair young.