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

Vote for your trans, intersex, and nonbinary friends. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 Micropenises can be considered an intersex anatomy just as real and normal as any other, yet people who have them are routinely singled out for mockery and disgust in popular culture. Samantha Riedel, Teen Vogue, "How to Break Away From the Gender Binary," 26 Oct. 2018 In ancient Greece, the intersex goddess Cybele was worshipped by trans priests. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Transgender Women Are Women. Transgender Men Are Men.," 23 Oct. 2018 Because Tatenda was born intersex: with genitalia of both genders. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 Until there's a better solution in place, or until intersex conditions don't present a problem within athletic competition, these guidelines, in my opinion, do more to offer protection than infringe on human rights. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "Caster Semenya Sparks Positive Change for Olympic Gender Verification Cases," 21 Jan. 2010 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But ignorance wasn't bliss for many intersex children or adults. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 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

Noun

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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