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intersex

[ in-ter-seks ]
/ ˈɪn tərˌsɛks /
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adjective

noting or relating to a person, animal, or plant having male and female reproductive organs, or in which the chromosomal patterns do not fall under typical definitions of male and female; intersexual: an intersex person;All clownfish are intersex.

noun

Sometimes Offensive. a person, animal, or plant having intersex characteristics.

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Origin of intersex

First recorded in 1915–20; back formation from intersexual

usage note for intersex

Use of intersex as a noun is sometimes perceived as insulting. See gender1.
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British Dictionary definitions for intersex

intersex
/ (ˈɪntəˌsɛks) /

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)
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