- the condition of being a hermaphrodite.
Also her·maph·ro·dism [hur-maf-ruh-diz-uh m] /hɜrˈmæf rəˌdɪz əm/.
Origin of hermaphroditism
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Examples from the Web for hermaphrodism
In man and other vertebrates, hermaphrodism is always abnormal.The Sexual Question
In other words, humanity begins its existence in a state of hermaphrodism.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present
Peter Charles Remondino
In these cases the hermaphrodism is clearly secondary in the sense that the hermaphrodites descend originally from gonochorists.The Wonders of Life
Thus it is difficult to class animals according to their manner of reproduction; hermaphrodism is another block.
The most strongly marked and most complicated forms of hermaphrodism are found in mollusks, and chiefly in gasteropodes.
Word Origin and History for hermaphrodism
1808, from French hermaphrodisme, from hermaphrodite (see hermaphrodite).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The presence of both ovarian and testicular tissue in an individual.
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