intersex

noun
in·ter·sex | \ˈin-tər-ˌseks \

Definition of intersex 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an individual having the condition of intersexuality

intersex

adjective

Definition of intersex (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to intersexuality intersex conditions also : exhibiting intersexuality an intersex individual

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's a wide range of opinions on what exactly should count as intersex. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "What does LGBTQIA mean? And more answers to your Pride Month questions," 11 June 2018 Athletes who opt to forgo hormone therapy would have to either compete in men’s events or special intersex events, which are not currently offered at any major international meets. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Caster Semenya won't talk about new IAAF rule, says she's running to inspire," 26 May 2018 Those who choose not to reduce their testosterone will be allowed to run either against men or in intersex competitions. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Shelby Houlihan wins at Prefontaine Classic while Caster Semenya dismisses talk of IAAF gender rules," 26 May 2018 As an advocate for intersex awareness, Dalke says she's spent a lot of time thinking about the artificiality of gender norms. Diane Stopyra, Marie Claire, "Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby's Gender," 5 July 2017 Pansexuality is a more expansive label than bisexual, including attraction beyond the male-female gender binary, to include those who are trans, gender-fluid, androgynous, intersex and more. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "Janelle Monáe comes out as 'pansexual' - what does that mean?," 28 Apr. 2018 Sami, an intersex asylum seeker in Britain, used to be gripped with fear at bedtime. NBC News, "Gay and intersex asylum seekers find place to call home in Britain," 16 Jan. 2018 The closest thing may be the performances by hijras — transgender or intersex people who were categorized as males at birth but who do not conform to traditional ideas of masculinity. Saira Khan, New York Times, "The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out," 20 Feb. 2018 The Corrections Department has 55 transgender or intersex inmates in custody, said spokeswoman Betty Bernt. Noelle Crombie, OregonLive.com, "Oregon grants transgender inmate's request to move to women's prison," 23 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the early 2000s, intersex individuals in Australia sought and received replacement birth certificates that left gender unspecified. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "A Birth Certificate is a Person’s First Possession," 10 Dec. 2017 Worldwide, intersex conditions caused by hormonal disruption have occurred in an array of aquatic animals, including alligators, turtles, and frogs. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016 When nature produces intersex people, the Evangelicals therefore have a bit of a problem. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "The Religious Right’s Suicidal Gay Obsession," 8 Sep. 2017 Why are there so many intersex fish on the refuges? National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016 A new report from the Human Rights Watch and interACT, an intersex advocacy organization, shows that these surgeries — which are often performed before intersex children can give consent — are unwanted by many intersex people. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Report Calls For End to Surgeries on Intersex People Without Consent," 26 July 2017 The clinic deploys intersex people as patient advocates who can offer support based on personal experience. David Crary, chicagotribune.com, "Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children," 25 July 2017 Worldwide, intersex conditions caused by hormonal disruption have occurred in an array of aquatic animals, including alligators, turtles, and frogs. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of intersex

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circa 1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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intersex

noun
in·ter·sex | \ˈint-ər-ˌseks\

Medical Definition of intersex 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an intersexual individual

intersex

adjective

Medical Definition of intersex (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to intersexuality intersex conditions also : exhibiting intersexuality an intersex individual

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