[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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Examples from the Web for hermaphroditism

Historical Examples of hermaphroditism

  • Hermaphroditism must be regarded as a temporary or transitional form.

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  • This seems to be the only cytological work on the problem of hermaphroditism.

  • It is obvious that in this case the cause for the hermaphroditism is not disclosed.

  • What you say about the coats of mules is new to me, as is the statement about hermaphroditism in hybrid moths.

  • By hermaphroditism is meant the existence of complete and separate sets of female and male gonads in the same individual.

hermaphroditism in Medicine


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