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intersex

[ in-ter-seks ]
/ 藞瑟n t蓹r藢s蓻ks /
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adjective
noting or relating to a person, animal, or plant having reproductive organs, genitals, hormones, or chromosomal patterns that do not fall under typical definitions of male and female; intersexual: The counselor often talks about his experience as an intersex person;All clownfish are intersex.
noun
Sometimes Offensive. a person, animal, or plant having reproductive organs, genitals, hormones, or chromosomal patterns that do not fall under typical definitions of male and female.
Also called in路ter路sex路u路al路i路ty [in-ter-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] /藢瑟n t蓹r藢s蓻k 蕛u藞忙l 瑟 ti/ . the state of having genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, or chromosomal patterns that do not fall under typical definitions of male and female: It's important to talk openly about intersex in order to reduce stigma.
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Origin of intersex

First recorded in 1915鈥20; back formation from intersexual

usage note for intersex

Intersex is a broad label describing variations in sex characteristics that do not fit into the male-female binary. Like anyone else, a person with any of these characteristics may identify as a man, a woman, or any other gender. Furthermore, a person's sex characteristics may or may not influence their gender, or their relationship with their gender. Different people may also prefer different terminology. Terms like disorders of sex development, differences of sex development or variations in sex characteristics are somewhat more common in medical contexts compared to the older term intersex condition, and some people prefer to use them to discuss their personal experiences. Others, however, do prefer the term intersex, especially when talking about the people with these conditions rather than the specific medical conditions themselves: Intersex activists recently won a victory with a ruling against infant genital surgeries. This book about intersex experiences is by an intersex person.
The use of intersex as a noun (e.g., an intersex ) rather than an adjective (e.g., an intersex person ) when describing someone who has a difference of sex development is often considered offensive. The older term hermaphrodite is extremely offensive except when used in self-reference. As with most identity labels, it is best to ask for an individual person's preference when referring to them. See gender1. See also sex1.
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British Dictionary definitions for intersex

intersex
/ (藞瑟nt蓹藢s蓻ks) /

noun
the condition of having characteristics intermediate between those of a male and a female
an individual, esp a person, exhibiting such physiological characteristicsCompare gynandromorph, hermaphrodite (def. 1), hermaphrodite (def. 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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