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lesbianism

 [lez´be-ah-nizm]
homosexuality between women.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

les·bi·an·ism

(lez'bē-ăn-izm),
Homosexuality in women.
Synonym(s): sapphism
[G. lesbios, relating to the island of Lesbos]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Sexual preference by women for other women
Medical issues Lesbianism is far less studied medically than male homosexuality. Early studies indicate that lesbians are more often obese, exercise less, smoke more, eat fewer fruits and vegetables, suffer more from anxiety and depression, and are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. The trilogy of alcohol abuse, obesity and poor nutrition increases lesbians’ risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers. Sexually-transmitted infections seen in lesbians include bacterial vaginosis, HPV, trichomonas, and herpes. Syphilis, gonorrhoea, and HIV are relatively uncommon in lesbians
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

les·bi·an·ism

(lez'bē-ăn-izm)
Homosexuality involving women.
Synonym(s): sapphism.
[G. lesbios, relating to the island of Lesbos]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

lesbianism

Female homosexuality. Long-term stable lesbian relationships are common, as in male homosexuality. The term comes from the Greek female poet Sappho, who lived on the island of Lesbos with her followers during the 7th century BC.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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