from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of hermaphroditism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A congenital condition in which an organism possesses the reproductive organs of both sexes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See hermaphroditism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shortened form of hermaphroditism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. congenital condition in which external genitalia and internal sex organs have both male and female characteristics


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  • Last week, Mexico's Secretariat of Health issued a warning that use of the contraceptive pill during pregnancy could raise the risk of "genital ambiguity," also known as hermaphrodism, in newborns. Headlines

  • In the main, yes ... but even in nature there's quite a bit of fuzziness, such as pseudohermaphrodism .... (nature provides plenty of examples of true hermaphrodism too; marine life seems to actually almost prefer such an approach, even across phyla).


  • Is hermaphrodism officially the last gender-sexuality combination still reliably considered freaky, in a titillating way, around the world?

    Intersex Bodies, Trans Bodies, and the Media « Gender Across Borders

  • Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy into a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism of the soul.

    Notes on 'How to Do the History of Pornography: Romantic Sexuality and its Field of Vision'

  • The hermaphrodism of most plants, the difficulty in the way of insuring the absence of their own, or the proper working of other pollen, are obstacles of no less magnitude in applying the test to them.


  • As it happens, there are no prenatal tests available for hermaphrodism, so who knows.

    Baby Steps

  • What is hermaphrodism and is it something that should be ‘treated’?

    Growing pains » Japundit Blog

  • The Kedeschim, with painted eyelids, who symbolised the hermaphrodism of the Divinity, received applause among these women, and, being perfumed and dressed like them, they resembled them in spite of their flat breasts and narrower hips.


  • [80] Is there not a seeming reference to this thought of divine hermaphrodism in the well-known passage of Genesis?

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Jamieson will account for the hermaphrodism: "The moon, it has been said, was viewed as of the masculine gender in respect of the earth, whose husband he was supposed to be; but as a female in relation to the sun, as being his spouse."

    Moon Lore


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