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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Often stigmatized, many intersex people are subject to violations of their human rights. Suyin Haynes, Time, "New Documentary Explores the Realities of Being an Intersex Person and Their Treatment By Society," 19 June 2019 Being intersex is much more common than most people think. Kitty Stryker, Teen Vogue, "California Is the First State to Condemn Intersex Genital Mutilation," 29 Aug. 2018 Earlier this week, Olympic running sensation Caster Semenya — who reportedly has some intersex traits — won an interim ruling in her battle against track and field's governing body. CBS News, "3 Connecticut female athletes file federal discrimination complaint over transgender competition," 19 June 2019 Not everyone with the disorder is considered intersex. Washington Post, "Lovingly, a family raises an intersex child - again," 10 June 2019 This not only harms intersex kids whose conditions are genetic and/or internal (and thus escaped the knife), but begins the societal process of assuming gender based on genitals. Samantha Riedel, Teen Vogue, "How to Break Away From the Gender Binary," 26 Oct. 2018 To someone who’s never interacted with a transgender, intersex, or nonbinary person or lacks familiarity with such people; this may not seem like such a big deal. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 Nancy Hogshead-Makar and Erin Buzuvis editorialize in support of intersex athletes who choose to participate as women in this piece for the Women's Sports Foundation. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Debate about the new Hayward Field is unlikely ever to end: Oregon track & field rundown," 15 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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First Known Use of intersex

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circa 1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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 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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