gynandromorph

noun

gyn·​an·​dro·​morph ˌgīn-ˈan-drə-ˌmȯrf How to pronounce gynandromorph (audio) ˌjin- How to pronounce gynandromorph (audio)
: an abnormal individual exhibiting characters of both sexes in various parts of the body : a sexual mosaic
gynandromorphic adjective

Examples of gynandromorph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only did the standout bee have a genetic mutation that affects pigmentation in the eyes and likely renders the bee blind—itself a rather rare condition—but the bee also was what’s known as a gynandromorph, an organism that possesses both female and male traits. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 5 Aug. 2020 The last time Powdermill saw a gynandromorph was in 2005, when the team found a grosbeak that looked very similar to this one. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 9 Oct. 2020 The team didn’t analyze the bee’s genes to confirm its gynandromorph status. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2020 One other Megalopta gynandromorph has shown its face to scientists before: a male-female hybrid in a closely related sweat bee species called Megalopta genalis, identified in 1999. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2020 The gynandromorph, as it is known, has a mixture of male and female genes and expresses traits from both sexes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from gynandromorphous "exhibiting characters of both sexes," borrowed from French gynandromorphe or New Latin gynandromorphus, from Greek gýnandros "of doubtful sex" + French -morphe or New Latin -morphus -morphous — more at gynandrous

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gynandromorph was circa 1890

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“Gynandromorph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gynandromorph. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

gynandromorph

noun
gyn·​an·​dro·​morph (ˈ)gīn-ˈan-drə-ˌmȯrf How to pronounce gynandromorph (audio) (ˈ)jin- How to pronounce gynandromorph (audio)
: an abnormal individual exhibiting characters of both sexes in various parts of the body : a sexual mosaic
gynandromorphic adjective
gynandromorphism noun
gynandromorphy noun
plural gynandromorphies
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