Definition of Intersex

1. Noun. One having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made.

Definition of Intersex

1. Noun. Any of a variety of conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has characteristics of both sexes. ¹

2. Noun. (biology zoology) An individual with an any of these conditions. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of an individual) Intersexed, having characteristics of both sexes. ¹

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Definition of Intersex

1. Intersexuality in humans refers to intermediate or atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish male from female. An intersex organism may have biological characteristics of both the male and female sexes. Intersexuality is the term adopted by medicine during the 20th century applied to human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as either male or female. Intersexuality is also the word adopted by the identity-political movement, to criticize medical protocols in sex assignment and to claim the right to be heard in the construction of a new one.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intersex

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Literary usage of Intersex

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1. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"Nonetheless, a slightly different masculinizing phenomenon correlated with TBT exposures has been observed in periwinkles—intersex (315). ..."

2. More Than a Name: State-Sponsored Homophobia and Its Consequences in by Scott Long, A. Widney Brown, Gail Cooper (2003)
"For more information on intersex people, and on the medical abuses to which they are subjected in Western countries in the name of "correcting" their ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"... but they might possess three or two fourth-chromosomes, and have or lack a Y- chromosome, so that four sub-types of intersex constitution were found. ..."

4. Botanical Abstracts by Board of Control of Botanical Abstracts (1921)
"... sex intergrade (or intersex).—AM Banta. 1726. LEITCH, I. A study of the segregation of a quantitative character In a cross between a pure line of beans ..."

5. Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay by Michael Bochenek, A. Widney Brown (2001)
""'There is a growing debate regarding the medical establishment's treatment of infants who are bom intersex, with ambiguous indicators of their biological ..."

6. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1891)
"It is sometimes suggested that a change in intersex relations is desirable in order to effect a fuller emancipation of women from present conditions. ..."

7. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1921)
"... in the present instance it has been shown that the intersex is due not to disturbances in the ordinary sex-determining mechanism, but to a mutation that ..."

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