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intersex | n |

As a noun intersex

is any of a variety of conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has male and female sex characteristics.

As an adjective intersex

is (of an individual) having characteristics of both sexes.

As a letter n is

the letter n with a tilde.



  • Any of a variety of conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has male and female sex characteristics.
  • * 1953 , Time , 23 Feb 1953:
  • A Canadian believes that he has solved the diagnostic problem in human intersex . All human cells, says Dr. Murray L. Barr of the University of Western Ontario, contain something called sex chromatin.
  • * 2003 , Andrew J Lawrence et al., Effects of Pollution on Fish , p. 204:
  • A much more common condition caused by early exposure of fish larvae to oestrogenic substances is intersex , which in males usually takes the form of ovotestis.
  • * 2008 , Emine Saner, The Guardian , 30 Jul 2008, G2, p. 12:
  • It is thought that around one in 1,000 babies are born with an "intersex " condition, the general term for people with chromosomal abnormalities.
  • (biology, zoology) An individual with any of these conditions.
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  • * 2009 , Mary C Smith & David Sherman, Goat Medicine , p. 609:
  • An intersex , then, is an animal that shows both male and female characteristics.


  • (of an individual) Having characteristics of both sexes.
  • * 2006 , Alice Domurate Dreger, “Intersex and Human Rights: The Long View”, in Sharon E. Sytsma (editor), Ethics and Intersex , Springer, ISBN 978-1-4020-4313-0, page 81:
  • If you would not obfuscate the medical history of a person who was born without intersex, then you ought not to do so when dealing with a person born intersex .
  • * 2006 , Dean Spade, “Compliance Is Gendered: Struggling for Gender Self-Determination in a Hostile Economy”, Paisley Currah et al. (editors), Transgender Rights , University of Minnesota Press, ISBN 978-0-8166-4312-7, page 225:
  • His confidentiality was broken, and soon the entire staff and residential population were aware that Jim was intersex'. we faced the fact that most programs were gender segregated and would not be a safe place for Jim to be known as ' intersex .
  • * 2010 , Sean Saifa Wall, “I am the ‘I’”, in Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (editors), Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation , Seal Press, ISBN 978-1-58005-308-2, page 109:
  • When I had learned that I was intersex , I brought this issue to my mother.
  • * 2010 , The Age , 3 Jun 2010:
  • A survey of 1100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people by Griffith and Bond University researchers found that the overwhelming majority had been victims of targeted harassment as well as physical and sexual abuse.

    Usage notes

    * Recently the term intersex'' has been preferred to ''hermaphrodite as being more scientifically and politically correct.


    * indeterminate, X (passports and identification documents) * hermaphroditic * intersexed * intersexual * pseudohermaphroditic

    Derived terms

    * intersexed * intersexuality

    See also

    * gender ambiguity * hermaphroditism * pseudohermaphroditism



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