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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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Extra-pair mating can also lead to sexual selection on ornamental plumage traits (Table 2).
Both paired comparisons and population wide analyses attempt to identify male traits selected through extra-pair mating success.
Search costs influence the spatial distribution, but not the level, of extra-pair mating in Tree Swallows.
The relationship between carotenoid-based coloration and pairing, within- and extra-pair mating success in the American Redstart.
Males achieve greater reproductive success through multiple broods that through extra-pair mating in House Wrens.
Reed Bunting females increase fitness through extra-pair mating with genetically dissimilar males.
Pair and extra-pair mating success relative to male quality in Red-winged Blackbirds.
Testosterone has recently been tied specifically to extra-pair mating systems in temperate zone passerines (reviewed in Garamszegi et al.
Many species in the lowland are seasonal breeders and have extra-pair mating systems, and presumably there are also high altitude breeders with relatively long breeding seasons.
Extra-pair mating system of a synchronously breeding tropical songbird.
Sex roles in migrants: extra-pair mating systems and winter social systems.