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presence of both ovarian and testicular tissue and of ambiguous morphologic criteria of sex, a rare condition in human beings. Hermaphroditism is not to be confused with pseudohermaphroditism, in which an individual has only one kind of gonad but has significant secondary sex characters typical of the opposite sex.
bilateral hermaphroditism that in which gonadal tissue typical of both sexes occurs on each side of the body.
false hermaphroditism pseudohermaphroditism.
lateral hermaphroditism presence of gonadal tissue typical of one sex on one side of the body and typical of the other sex on the opposite side.
transverse hermaphroditism that in which the external genital organs are typical of one sex and the gonads typical of the other sex.
true hermaphroditism coexistence in the same person of both ovarian and testicular tissue, with somatic characters typical of both sexes.
unilateral hermaphroditism presence of gonadal tissue typical of both sexes on one side and of only an ovary or a testis on the other.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
The presence in one person of both ovarian and testicular tissue and ambiguous external genitalia; that is, true hermaphroditism.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
1. 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.
2. 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.
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hermaphroditismThe state of being a hermaphrodite, i.e., having both male and female gonadal tissue.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
hermaphroditismIntersexuality A state characterized by the presence of both testicular tissue–ie, seminiferous tubules and ovarian tissue–ie, follicular structures in the same organ, yielding an 'ovotestis,' in which the tissues are arranged end-to-end and may be accompanied by a left-sided ovary and a right-sided testis; 60% of Pts are 46 XX, 12% 46 XY, the rest, mosaics Clinical Most true hermaphrodites have asymmetrical external genitalia–eg, labioscrotal folds; phenotypic ♂ may have gynecomastia, phenotypic ♀ may be amenorrheic or have successful gestation; 2.6% develop germ cell tumors. See Female hermaphroditism, Male hermaphroditism. Cf Pseudohermaphroditism.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The presence in one individual of both ovarian and testicular tissue; i.e., true hermaphroditism.
[G. Hermaphroditos, the son of Hermēs, Mercury, + Aphroditē, Venus]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
hermaphroditismThe rare bodily condition in which both male and female reproductive organs are present, often in an ambiguous form. Some hermaphrodites are said to be capable of sexual intercourse with either sex. Most hermaphrodites are raised as males but about half of them menstruate and most develop female breasts. The term derives from the mythical Hermaphroditos, who so inflamed the passions of a young woman called Salmacis that she prayed for total union with him. Her wish was granted and the two were fused into one body.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005