hermaphroditism

hermaphroditism

[hur-maf-ruh-dahy-tiz-uhm]
noun
the condition of being a hermaphrodite.
Also, hermaphrodism [hur-maf-ruh-diz-uhm] .


Origin:
1800–10; hermaphrodite + -ism

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hermaphrodite (hɜːˈmæfrəˌdaɪt)
 
n
1.  biology an individual animal or flower that has both male and female reproductive organs
2.  a person having both male and female sexual characteristics and genital tissues
3.  a person or thing in which two opposite forces or qualities are combined
 
adj
4.  having the characteristics of a hermaphrodite
 
[C15: from Latin hermaphrodītus, from Greek, after Hermaphroditus]
 
hermaphro'ditic
 
adj
 
hermaphro'ditical
 
adj
 
hermaphro'ditically
 
adv
 
her'maphroditism
 
n

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

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