hermaphrodite


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hermaphrodite

(hərmăf`rədīt'), animal or plant that normally possesses both male and female reproductive systems, producing both eggs and sperm. Many plants, including most flowering plants (angiosperms), are hermaphroditic, or monoecious; in these, male and female reproductive structures are present in the same plant, often in the same flower, and many hermaphrodite flowers are self-pollinated. Many lower animals, especially immobile species, are hermaphroditic; in some, such as earthworms, two animals copulate and fertilize each other. Some parasitic species, e.g., the tapeworm, are self-fertile as well as hermaphroditic, insuring reproduction where the parasite may be the only member of its species in the host. Many hermaphrodites are protandrous or protogynous, i.e., gametes of the two sexes are produced in the same organism, sometimes in the same gonad, but at different times; in such organisms (e.g., the oyster and the sage plant) self-fertilization is impossible.

What does it mean when you dream about a hermaphrodite?

Dreaming about having characteristics of both sexes can show, on the one hand, a balance between our masculine and feminine character traits. On the other hand, it could reflect confusion about our sexual identity.

hermaphrodite

[hər′maf·rə‚dīt]
(biology)
An individual animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.

hermaphrodite

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
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In many hermaphroditic animals, a single organ (the ovotestis) produces both ova and sperm; since self-renewing cells in the ovotestis may give rise to both cell types throughout life, ova in hermaphrodites could in theory have undergone as many cell divisions as sperm (Davison, 2006).
Extensive outcrossing and androdioecy in a vertebrate species that otherwise reproduces as a self-fertilizing hermaphrodite. Proc.
(2013) found genes known to be involved in sex determination and differentiation that are similar to model organisms as Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans in the transcriptome of another functional hermaphrodite, the lion-paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus (Sowerby I, 1835).
In true hermaphrodites, gonads are almost always asymmetrical and are classified as6;
A rare case of true hermaphrodite with features of Klinefelter syndrome.
Male and hermaphrodite flowers (one pair per plant) were selected at random, and subsequently measured for corolla diameter (mm) and flower height (mm) with a digital caliper, in both floral types.
The number of observed flowers was 18 (1 hive) or 20 (0, 2, 3 hives), for each floral type (male and hermaphrodite), being two flowers observed by each observer, in such way ten people were involved in the observations.
Allometry was closer to isometry in hermaphrodite individuals, while negative allometry was found in both sexes and total populations.
Hermaphrodites occur when there is a chromosomal abnormality and testes and ovaries do not form as they should.
elegans and two related species, male worms turn up now and then, but most individuals are self-fertilizing hermaphrodites. Nematode gonads don't differ hugely between males and females, so it's not a big deal for individuals to start out life producing and storing sperm and later to switch to making eggs for the stored sperm to fertilize.
A CAT-LOVING couple were left speechless after a visit to the vet found their favourite moggie was a hermaphrodite.
The "hermaphrodite" carriage, which dates back to 1850s, has been restored by Norman Frost, a coachbuilder from Llanfair TH who will also be displaying other vehicles from his huge Cae Hen collection.