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A person with hermaphroditism or intersexuality; also called intersex.
[G. Hermaphroditos, the son of Hermēs, Mercury, + Aphroditē, Venus]
hermaphrodite/her·maph·ro·dite/ (her-maf´ro-dīt) an individual with hermaphroditism.
An animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
her·maph′ro·dit′ic (-dĭt′ĭk) adj.
An individual (e.g., human or animal) with hermaphroditism.
- any plant possessing stamens and carpels in the same flower.
- any animal possessing both male and female sex organs. The condition is usual in many plants and lower animals, but may occur in some unisexual organisms as an abnormality.
an individual whose body contains tissue of both male and female gonads. The ovaries and testes may be present as separate organs, or ovarian and testicular tissue may be combined in the same organ (ovotestis). The ovarian and testicular tissues may be present at the same time (synchronous hermaphrodite) or sequentially (when the sex organs appear one after the other; protandrous when the testes come first, protogynous when the ovaries appear first) See also hermaphroditism.