intersexuality

noun
in·​ter·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce intersexuality (audio) \

Definition of intersexuality

: the condition (such as that occurring in congenital adrenal hyperplasia or androgen insensitivity syndrome) of either having both male and female gonadal tissue in one individual or of having the gonads of one sex and external genitalia that is of the other sex or is ambiguous Intersexuality, in a variety of forms, occurs in about one of every 2,000 births—about the same proportion as cystic fibrosis.— Emily Nussbaum

Examples of intersexuality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intersex persons are discriminated against because society does not have enough public information on intersexuality, says, Dr. David Segal. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Growing up intersex in a country where it is believed to be bad luck," 21 Sep. 2019 Now a lecturer at Stellenbosch University in Capetown, Mtshawu says there are many misconceptions about intersexuality. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Growing up intersex in a country where it is believed to be bad luck," 21 Sep. 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Intersexuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intersexuality. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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intersexuality

noun
in·​ter·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ -ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē \
plural intersexualities

Medical Definition of intersexuality

: the condition (as that occurring in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, androgen insensitivity syndrome, or gonadal dysgenesis) of either having both male and female gonadal tissue in one individual or of having the gonads of one sex and external genitalia that is of the other sex or is ambiguous — compare hermaphroditism, pseudohermaphroditism

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