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ambisexual

[¦am·bi¦sek·shə·wəl]
(medicine)
An individual having undifferentiated primordia of both sexes.
(psychology)
Having feelings and exhibiting behavior common to both sexes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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