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eunuch

 [u´nuk]
a male deprived of the testes or external genitals, especially one castrated before puberty so that male secondary sex characters fail to develop. See also castration.

eu·nuch

(yū'nŭk),
A male whose testes have been removed or have never developed.
[G. eunouchos, chamberlain, fr. eunē, bed, + echo, to have]

eunuch

/eu·nuch/ (u´nik) a male deprived of the testes or external genitals, especially one castrated before puberty (so that male secondary sex characteristics fail to develop).

eunuch

(yo͞o′nək)
n.
1. A castrated man, traditionally employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts.
2. Often Offensive A man or boy whose testes are nonfunctioning or have been removed.
3. Derogatory An ineffectual or powerless man.

eu′nuch·ism n.

eunuch

[yo̅o̅′nək]
Etymology: Gk, eune, couch, echein, to guard
a male whose testicles have been destroyed or removed. If this occurs before puberty, secondary sex characteristics fail to develop, and symptoms such as a feminine voice and absence of facial hair can result from the reduced level of male hormones in the blood. See also secondary sex characteristic.

eunuch

Endocrinology A ♂ with sexual characteristics and appearance of a person who failed to mature at puberty

eu·nuch

(yū'nŭk)
A male whose testes have been removed or have never developed.
[G. eunouchos, chamberlain, fr. eunē, bed, + echo, to have]

eunuch

A man castrated before puberty. This results in the loss of the male sex hormones and the failure of development of the secondary sexual characteristics-the beard, the deeper voice from enlarged larynx, the adult-sized penis, and the characteristic male body shape.
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People who are neither male nor female without any conformation identity and moves between the context of men or women, born either hermaphrodite, neuter and cross-dresser are termed eunuchs.
Low literacy level drags the society to such situations where parents are compelled to disown their transgender child and send them to eunuch community where the child is brought up by Guru38 thus depriving him from normal life, education and later on earning means through such professions not honorable in the society.
It is estimated that there are around 80,000 eunuchs in Pakistan but the official documents card denotes their identity as men.
The male lost his right palp at the tibia-tarsus joint (Fig 2B-arrow), as is common in self-castrated eunuch nephilids (Kuntner 2005, 2007).
Zheng He as an adult was a far cry from the usual image of a eunuch.
That Thais wants first an African, then a eunuch, and that Phaedria buys her both suggests she is fickle and he generous, but her lapses of attention and his gift of Dorus prove that.
Chapter 4 examines the presentation of eunuchs in particular narratives, especially Symeon Metaphrastes' tenth-century version of the story of the Old Testament prophet Daniel, which happily accepts him as a eunuch.
Needless to say, the overwhelming majority of interpreters have chosen to read the eunuch passage within the parameters set by 19:3-9, a text dealing with marriage between man and woman, and with divorce and remarriage.
Like book-ends, the bodies of the eunuch and the hermaphrodite display the visible signs of sexual deformity and ultimately are seen in the minds of many as an extreme manifestation of impotence and sterility.
Eunuch priests could rise through the ranks to become bishops and archbishops.
BAHAWALPUR -- District Coordinator, Health Department, Government of Punjab and other officials assured the eunuchs of Bahawalpur that they would be provided health facilities, especially medical treatment at state-run hospitals.
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