hermaphroditism

noun
her·​maph·​ro·​dit·​ism | \ (ˌ)hər-ˈmaf-rə-ˌdīt-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce hermaphroditism (audio) \

Medical Definition of hermaphroditism

1 : an abnormal condition especially among the higher vertebrates of having both testicular and ovarian tissue in the same individual — compare intersexuality, pseudohermaphroditism
2 : a normal condition of most plants and some animals (as an earthworm) in which male and female reproductive organs are present in the same individual

Other Words from hermaphroditism

hermaphroditic \ (ˌ)hər-​ˌmaf-​rə-​ˈdit-​ik How to pronounce hermaphroditism (audio) \ adjective

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“Hermaphroditism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hermaphroditism. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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