gyno-, gyn-, gynaeco-, gyneco-, gyne-, -gynia, -gynic, gynec-, -gynist, -gynous, -gyny

(Greek: woman, women, female, females)

Many of the words from these Greek elements refer to botanic or other biological nomenclature.

gyniatrics, gyniatry
That branch of medicine dealing with the diseases of women; especially diseases of genitourinary organs; treatment of the diseases of women.
gynic
Female.
gynics
The field of knowledge having specific relation to women.
gynocracy
1. Government by a woman; a state in which women are legally capable of the supreme command; e.g. in Great Britain (Queen).
2. The government, or political rule, of women.
3. Government by a woman, or women; sometimes in a depreciative sense; "petticoat rule".
gynodioecious, gynodioecy
A reference to plants or plant species having female (pistillate) and hermaphrodite (perfect) flowers on separate plants in a population or species.
gynoecious
A reference to a plant having female flowers only.
gynoecium
The central, female component of a flower, typically consisting of one or more carpels, which may be separate or fused.
gynoecy
The condition of a species of which only the females are known.
gynogamete
A female gamete; egg; ovum.
gynogenesis, gynogenetic
1. Reproduction in which the development of the embryo occurs as a result of the penetration of an ovum by a sperm but does not involve the nuclear material of the latter.
2. Egg development activated by a spermatozoon, but to which the male gamete contributes no genetic material.
3. The process in which an egg develops parthenogenetically after the egg has been activated by sperm or pollen; pseudogamy.
4. The development whereby the embryo contains only the female parent’s chromosomes because the sperm that activated the ovum degenerated before it could combine with the egg nucleus.
gynogenous
Producing female offspring only.
gynoid, gynecoid
A robot shaped like or in the form of a woman as opposed to an android (like a man).

All robots are not "androids"

A gynoid is working for her gynic human.
Word Info image © ALL rights reserved.

This is an example of a gynoid who is working for her gynic human. For the male equivalent, see android.

Efforts are being made to make “sociable robots” that are expected to understand aspects about their inanimate environments as well as their anthropoidal contacts; and so, an important sensory modality for facilitating these kinds of observations is vision. The robots will need a collection of visual abilities, closely tied to the specific kind of information about the interactions that it needs to extract.

Robotics is producing robots that are more truly humanoids.

Robotics builders are even trying to develope a synthetic skin capable of detecting pressure and location with a tactile sensing system over its entire body, while still retaining the look and feel of soft skin [see example on the left]. They are varying the density of sensors so that the robots will have greater resolutions in areas that are frequently in contact with objects or people. A distributed network of tiny processing elements is also being developed to lie underneath the skin to acquire and process the sensory signals.

Some Irish scientists are working on a way to make robots more “human” so people will be able to relate to them more naturally. The first prototype, identified as Anthropos, has cameras for eyes, a speaker as a mouth, and motors that control how it moves.

So far, Anthropos makes gestures, moves around and seems to understand what is said to it. The project aims to use artificial intelligence to create a robot that is friendly and sociable, so people can “forget” they are talking to a machine.


Robotics is producing robots that are more truly humanoids and this is NOT one of them.

This anthropoidal image is NOT a good example of the more humanoid-type robot; but, as stated above, robotic efforts are being made to have gynoids and androids more humanistic in their appearances and behaviors. In fact, perhaps we should refer to this type of robot as a neuteroid; which is, neither an android nor a gynoid.

“There is a strong push in favor of developing robots with greater abilities, with more flexibility, with the ability to ‘see’, ‘speak’, and to ‘hear. What is more, home robots are being developed—robots of more humonoid appearance which can be useful about the house and that do some of the functions classically assigned to human servants.”

New Guide to Science by Isaac Asimov,
New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1984, p. 866.


A gynoid is walking.

Don't you agree that this is obviously a gynoid and that she should not be confused with an android?

Remember: If a robot shows gender qualities (masculine, feminine, or neuter), such distinctions should be properly identified; for example, see the information about the masculine version of a robot at this android page.

gynolater
One who worships women.
gynolatry
The worship of women.
gynomonoecious, gynomonoecy
Having female (pistillate) and hermaphrodite (perfect) flowers on the same plant.

Quiz You may take a self-scoring quiz over some of the words in this section by just clicking on Gyno Quiz to check your word knowledge.

Related "woman, female" units: anilo-; fem-; mulie-; virgo-.