[hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tiz-uh m]
Also her·maph·ro·dism [hur-maf-ruh-diz-uh m] /hɜrˈmæf rəˌdɪz əm/.

Origin of hermaphroditism

First recorded in 1800–10; hermaphrodite + -ism
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Word Origin and History for hermaphrodism

1808, from French hermaphrodisme, from hermaphrodite (see hermaphrodite).

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hermaphrodism in Medicine


  1. The presence of both ovarian and testicular tissue in an individual.
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