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hermaphroditism

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The presence of both male and female reproductive organs that is typical of certain plants and animals, as in a monoecious plant or an earthworm.
  • noun The presence in some humans and in some individuals of other animal species of both male and female reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics in the same individual.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being a hermaphrodite; union, real or apparent, of the two sexes in the same individual. Also hermaphrodism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) The union of the two sexes in the same individual, or the combination of some of their characteristics or organs in one individual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Having sexual organs of both sexes.

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

  • noun congenital condition in which external genitalia and internal sex organs have both male and female characteristics
  • noun showing characteristics of both sexes

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Examples

  • In many species, hermaphroditism is a normal part of the life-cycle.

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  • National Institutes of Health, intersex, once referred to as hermaphroditism, is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).

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  • − 92-95% of heifer calves born to twin to a bull − Female organs develop, but are male-like − Commonly seen with enlarged vulva, and long vulva hairs; but some born with no external clues − Virtually always sterile Genetic Upsets − Most common is "hermaphroditism" −

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  • Now I know that the hermaphroditism of pulmonates had been determined long before Lamarck was active in the early 19th century.

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  • Circumventing infertility with intracytoplasmic sperm injection: A case of transmission of a ring Y chromosome and true hermaphroditism.

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  • The misery of the internet: if until now, the world's greatest minds do not know how to make the creation of content and information profitable, then in Peru, money as a cultural paradigm has become that hermaphroditism of insert advertisement and personal opinion as the only economic viable way on websites, blogs and tweets.

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  • Debut novelists will make up nearly half of the Orange prize for fiction longlist, which this year tackles strikingly difficult subjects: incest, sadistic cruelty, polygamy, child bereavement, hermaphroditism and mental illness.

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  • But a new film, addressing such potentially incendiary topics as Islamic fundamentalism and hermaphroditism, has become an unexpected hit in the country.

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  • Now I know that the hermaphroditism of pulmonates had been determined long before Lamarck was active in the early 19th century.

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  • Not because they were inherently "deviant" and thus dangerous -- a view that still taints our discussions of hermaphroditism or intersex today.

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