intersex

noun
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

intersex

adjective

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 And beyond physical consequences, intersex surgeries can have lifelong pyschological impact. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Boston Children’s Hospital will no longer perform two types of intersex surgery on children," 22 Oct. 2020 Newsom signed another bill by Wiener, SB132, which will allow transgender, intersex and gender nonbinary people incarcerated in California to decide whether to be housed in a men’s or women’s prison. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California requires COVID tracking in LGBTQ community under bill signed by Newsom," 26 Sep. 2020 Loeffler did not indicate how the legislation would impact intersex students. NBC News, "GOP senators seek to ban transgender girls from female sports," 24 Sep. 2020 It has been expected that, after the Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee will adopt the same testosterone limits for transgender athletes that World Athletics has imposed on intersex athletes. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Track’s Caster Semenya Loses Appeal to Defend 800-Meter Title," 8 Sep. 2020 Of the 102,000 people incarcerated in California prisons, 1,078 are transgender, nonbinary or intersex people, according to the corrections department. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Transgender women could avoid men’s prison under California bill headed to Newsom," 31 Aug. 2020 Of the 102,000 people incarcerated in California prisons, 1,078 are transgender, non-binary or intersex people, according to the corrections department. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California bill would end policy of putting transgender women in men’s prisons," 27 Aug. 2020 That’s when Wall decided to start organizing for intersex rights. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "After years of protest, a top hospital ended intersex surgeries. For activists, it took a deep toll.," 11 Aug. 2020 Eight of his family members were intersex, Wall says. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "After years of protest, a top hospital ended intersex surgeries. For activists, it took a deep toll.," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Ban on cosmetic surgeries on intersex infants fails key California vote," 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, "California rejects unique intersex surgery ban for some kids," 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, SFChronicle.com, "Major LGBT group revokes endorsement of Bay Area lawmaker over intersex bill," 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, "Jepkosgei’s N.Y.C. Marathon Upset Caps a Year of Leaps and Turmoil," 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, "The Water Wars Are Here," 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, "India's first LGBTI job fair draws a crowd in Bangalore," 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, "New Documentary Explores the Realities of Being an Intersex Person and Their Treatment By Society," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of intersex

Noun

circa 1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined above

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Noun

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“Intersex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intersex. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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intersex

noun
in·​ter·​sex | \ ˈint-ər-ˌseks \

Medical Definition of intersex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an individual having the condition of intersexuality

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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