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[hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tiz-uh m] /hɜrˈmæf rə daɪˌtɪz əm/
the condition of being a hermaphrodite.
Also, hermaphrodism
[hur-maf-ruh-diz-uh m] /hɜrˈmæf rəˌdɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hermaphroditism
1800-10; hermaphrodite + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In man and other vertebrates, hermaphrodism is always abnormal.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • In other words, humanity begins its existence in a state of hermaphrodism.

  • hermaphrodism in man is always pathological, extremely rare, and when it exists nearly always incomplete.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Thus it is difficult to class animals according to their manner of reproduction; hermaphrodism is another block.

  • In these cases the hermaphrodism is clearly secondary in the sense that the hermaphrodites descend originally from gonochorists.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • The most strongly marked and most complicated forms of hermaphrodism are found in mollusks, and chiefly in gasteropodes.

  • Such cases are not examples of hermaphrodism, but of incomplete embryological differentiation.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
Word Origin and History for hermaphrodism

1808, from French hermaphrodisme, from hermaphrodite (see hermaphrodite).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hermaphrodism in Medicine

hermaphroditism her·maph·ro·dit·ism (hər-māf'rə-dī-tĭz'əm)
The presence of both ovarian and testicular tissue in an individual.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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