andro-, andr-, -ander, -andra, -andria, -andrian, -andric, -andrism, -androus, -andries, -andry

(Greek: man, men, male, masculine; also, stamen or anther as used in botany)

android (s) (noun), androids (pl)
1. Resembling a man; manlike (such as a robot); andromorphous.
2. An automaton resembling a man; manlike.
3. In science fiction, a robot that looks and behaves like a human being; especially, a man.

An android is working for andric human.

This is an example of an android who is working for an andric human. For the female equivalent, see gynoid.

The origin of the word robot

In 1920, a Czech playwright, Karel Capek, wrote R.U.R., a play in which automata are mass-produced by an Englishman named Rossum. The automata are meant to do the world’s work and to make a better life for human beings, but in the end they rebeled, wiped out humanity, and started a new race of intelligent life.

Rossum comes from a Czech word, rozum, meaning "reason"; and R.U.R. stands for "Rossum’s Universal Robots", where robot is a Czech word for "worker", with the implication of involuntary servitude, so that it might be translated as "serf" or "slave".

The popularity of the play threw the old term "automaton" out of use. The new term, "robot" has replaced it in every language, so that now a robot is commonly thought of as any artificial device (often pictured in at least vaguely human form) that will perform functions ordinarily thought to be appropriate for human beings.

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

Despite what many people think, all robots are not androids! They may be observed as androids if they have the appearance of being masculine; however, if they show feminine characteristics, then they should be considered gynoids; as shown at this link. Of course, if a robot does not show masculine nor feminine features, then it probably should be called by its neuterized term of robot (neither feminine nor masculine). We can also create a new word: neuteroid. So, we now have three gender-characterized robots: androids, gynoids, and neuteroids.

After coming up with the neuteroid idea, a Google search was made to see if the word existed; and, what do you know, there was ONE and only one neuteroid reference which happened to be a science-fiction story created by an anonymous writer at the University of Missouri Rolla, "Missouri's Premier Technological Research University".

A current attempt to see the story via a link resulted in finding out that it no longer exists!

The writer made the same distinctions between android, gynoid, and neuteroid; just as it has been presented in this section.

androidal (adjective), more androidal, most androidal
Similar to a robot that looks like a man or which has some features that resemble a man; manlike: According to the fictional story, a mad scientist created an androidal creature in his secret laboratory which resembled a human form and that responded to electrical signals directing it to perform what the controller wanted it to do.
An automaton that resembles a man.
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Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

Actually, the cartoon does not present an androidal creature. See the following links so you can see the distinctions between the following humanoid robots.

androids, gynoids, neuteroids
Three genders that are descriptive of robots having the physical characteristics of males, females, and those that do not have the features of males nor females.

There are distinctions between androids, gynoids and neuteroids; all of which are humanoids, of course:

There is also a list of links about robots that make some distinctions at robots

1. A custom whereby according to Athenian law, if a citizen were killed abroad, and his death unatoned for, three subjects of the offending country were seized as reprisals.
2. The taking by one nation of the citizens or subjects of another, in order to compel the latter to do justice to the former.
andrologist (s) (noun), andrologists (pl)
Doctors who specialize in men's health, aging problems, or in treating infertile men: "Andrologists have been tending to men's health woes for decades."
andrology (s) (noun)
1. The branch of medicine concerned with diseases peculiar to the male sex, particularly infertility and sexual dysfunction.
2. Scientific study of the masculine constitution and of the diseases of the male gender; especially, the study of diseases of the male organs of generation or reproductive systems.
Nymphomania [abnormal, excessive, insatiable sexual desire in the female for a man].
A nymphomaniac.
Painfulness of the male breast; especially at puberty.
A poisonous crystalline substance found in various ericaceous plants; especially, the genus Andromeda [a genus of shrubs of which one dwarf herb-like species is native to Britain and others to North America].
An embryo that develops from the portion of an egg containing the male pronucleus. The embryo therefore only contains paternally derived chromosomes.
The development of an andromerogone.
andromimesis (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
1. Male characteristics; having a masculinizing effect; simulating the action of androgen.
2. The state of a woman who lives full-time as a man. Unlike transvestic fetishism, in which cross-dressing appears episodically because it is required for erotic arousal and orgasm, the anderomimetic adopts the male role and appearance full-time and may undergo hormonal masculinization, hysterectomy, breast removal, or full sex-reassignment surgery.

The counterpart of andromimesis in the male is gynemimesis.

A paraphilia [a psychosexual disorder characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies] in which sexual arousal and orgasm are dependent on the subject being the partner of a male impersonator.
andromonoecious, andromonoecism
In botany, having male and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant.

Quiz button If you would like to take a self-scoring quiz over some of the words in this section, then click on the Andro-Quiz so you can see how much you know about these "andro" words.

Links to other units that include the topic of "man", "mankind":
anthropo-; homo-; vir-.