hermaphroditism

noun

her·​maph·​ro·​dit·​ism (ˌ)hər-ˈma-frə-ˌdī-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce hermaphroditism (audio)
1
: a condition of most plants and some animals (such as earthworms) in which male and female reproductive organs are present in the same individual
2
: the presence of both testicular and ovarian tissue in the same individual compare intersexuality

Examples of hermaphroditism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They’re all born male, but some turn into females (a process known as sequential hermaphroditism). Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin hermaphrodītismus, from Latin hermaphrodītus hermaphrodite entry 1 + New Latin -ismus -ism

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hermaphroditism was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Hermaphroditism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermaphroditism. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

hermaphroditism

noun
her·​maph·​ro·​dit·​ism (ˌ)hər-ˈmaf-rə-ˌdīt-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce hermaphroditism (audio)
1
: the presence of both testicular and ovarian tissue in the same individual compare intersexuality, pseudohermaphroditism
2
: a condition of most plants and some animals (as an earthworm) in which male and female reproductive organs are present in the same individual
hermaphroditic adjective
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