[ in-ter-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu- /


existing between the sexes; done or used by both sexes: an intersexual tennis competition.
Biology. relating to or having the characteristics of an intersex.

Origin of intersexual

First recorded in 1865–70; inter- + sexual

Related forms

in·ter·sex·u·al·i·ty, in·ter·sex·u·al·ism, nounin·ter·sex·u·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intersexual

  • In this view, only intersexual people are created in the image of God.

  • One of the interesting results of the experiments was the production of a number of intersexual types of various grades.

    Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

British Dictionary definitions for intersexual


/ (ˌɪntəˈsɛksjʊəl) /


occurring or existing between the sexes
relating to or being an intersex

Derived Forms

intersexuality or intersexualism, nounintersexually, adverb
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