Intersex

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intersex

[′in·tər‚seks]
(physiology)
An individual who is intermediate in sexual constitution between male and female.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Intersex

 

an organism that to some degree possesses characteristics of both sexes simultaneously.

An intersex should be distinguished from a gynandromorph, in which the characteristics of the different sexes are distributed mosaically, that is, in various parts of the body. In contrast to normally functioning bisexual organisms, sexual function in an intersex is usually underdeveloped.

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