in·​ter·​sex | \ ˈin-tər-ˌseks How to pronounce intersex (audio) \

Definition of intersex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an individual having the condition of intersexuality



Definition of intersex (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of intersex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With intersex conferences canceled due to the pandemic, Zzyym plans to first use their new passport to go fishing in Costa Rica or Mexico. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 28 Oct. 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during LGBT Pride Month in June, announced plans to move toward adding a gender marker for nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people applying for a passport. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 ZZyym, an intersex activist, sued the State Department because ZZyym is neither male nor female. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Earlier this year, the Department of State first announced that those who identify as nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming would soon be able to select a third gender option when applying for an American passport. Vanessa Etienne,, 27 Oct. 2021 The report also said the department made progress in developing a hate-crimes policy and finalized a policy on interactions with transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people. Madeline Buckley,, 8 Oct. 2021 Dana Zzyym from Fort Collins, Colorado, became the first U.S. citizen on Wednesday to receive a passport accommodating nonbinary, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 28 Oct. 2021 Dana’s intersex variance was kept secret from Dana. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Zzyym said the fight for the passport with an accurate gender designation was a way to help the next generation of intersex people win recognition as full citizens with rights. Colleen Slevin,, 27 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While both lawsuits and policy efforts are underway to ameliorate the conditions for transgender, non-binary and intersex people behind bars, advocates say lives are at stake. Nora Neus, Cnn Video By Lacey Russell, CNN, 23 June 2021 But more recently, intersex activists have argued that a person should have the legal right to consent to cosmetic surgeries performed on one's own body -- an ability infants do not have. Nora Neus, CNN, 13 Jan. 2020 The measure would have banned all procedures on intersex children 6 and under unless the Medical Board of California deemed them medically necessary. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2020 Equality California and other supporters argued that intersex people should be able to give consent before undergoing surgeries that carry the risk of medical complications, sterilization and psychological damage. Alexei Koseff,, 28 Jan. 2020 The ruling triggered an uproar around athletic and gender activists who felt Semenya was unfairly targeted for being a black, intersex woman. Lindsay Crouse, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2019 Or the Potomac River where sewage and fertilizer runoff has produced a new breed of intersex fish? Max Holleran, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2019 The event was organized by the Pride Circle, an organization founded in 2017 to promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex people in the workforce. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 12 July 2019 Living in bodies often seen as taboo by western society and western medicine, the film looks at the relationships intersex people have with their bodies and their identities in a world that is not always accepting of those born with a difference. Suyin Haynes, Time, 19 June 2019

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circa 1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined above

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in·​ter·​sex | \ ˈint-ər-ˌseks \

Medical Definition of intersex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an individual having the condition of intersexuality



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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