What does INTERSEX mean?

Definitions for INTERSEX
ˈɪn tərˌsɛksin·ter·sex

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hermaphrodite, intersex, gynandromorph, androgyne, epicene, epicene personnoun

    one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made


  1. intersexnoun

    Any of a variety of conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has characteristics of both sexes.

  2. intersexnoun

    An individual with an any of these conditions.

  3. intersexadjective

    Intersexed, having characteristics of both sexes.

  4. Etymology: From Intersexe; corresponding to inter- + sex.


  1. Intersex

    Intersex people are individuals born with any of several sex characteristics including chromosome patterns, gonads, or genitals that, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".Sex assignment at birth usually aligns with a child's anatomical sex and phenotype. The number of births with ambiguous genitals is in the range of 1:2000–1:4500 (0.022%–0.05%). Other conditions involve atypical chromosomes, gonads, or hormones. Some persons may be assigned and raised as a girl or boy but then identify with another gender later in life, while most continue to identify with their assigned sex. The number of births where the baby is intersex has been reported differently depending on who reports and which definition of intersex is used. Anne Fausto-Sterling and her co-authors suggest that the prevalence of "nondimorphic sexual development" might be as high as 1.7%. A study published by Leonard Sax reports that this figure includes conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome (XXY) which most clinicians do not recognize as intersex, and that if the term is understood to mean only "conditions in which chromosomal sex is inconsistent with phenotypic sex, or in which the phenotype is not classifiable as either male or female", the prevalence of intersex is about 0.018%.Terms used to describe intersex people are contested, and change over time and place. Intersex people were previously referred to as "hermaphrodites" or "congenital eunuchs". In the 19th and 20th centuries, some medical experts devised new nomenclature in an attempt to classify the characteristics that they had observed, the first attempt to create a taxonomic classification system of intersex conditions. Intersex people were categorized as either having "true hermaphroditism", "female pseudohermaphroditism", or "male pseudohermaphroditism". These terms are no longer used, and terms including the word "hermaphrodite" are considered to be misleading, stigmatizing, and scientifically specious in reference to humans. In biology, the term "hermaphrodite" is used to describe an organism that can produce both male and female gametes. Some people with intersex traits use the term "intersex", and some prefer other language. In clinical settings, the term "disorders of sex development" (DSD) has been used since 2006, a shift in language considered controversial since its introduction. Intersex people face stigmatization and discrimination from birth, or following the discovery of intersex traits at stages of development such as puberty. Intersex people may face infanticide, abandonment, and stigmatization from their families. Globally, some intersex infants and children, such as those with ambiguous outer genitalia, are surgically or hormonally altered to create more socially acceptable sex characteristics. However, this is considered controversial, with no firm evidence of favorable outcomes. Such treatments may involve sterilization. Adults, including elite female athletes, have also been subjects of such treatment. Increasingly, these issues are considered human rights abuses, with statements from international and national human rights and ethics institutions (see intersex human rights). Intersex organizations have also issued statements about human rights violations, including the 2013 Malta declaration of the third International Intersex Forum. In 2011, Christiane Völling became the first intersex person known to have successfully sued for damages in a case brought for non-consensual surgical intervention. In April 2015, Malta became the first country to outlaw non-consensual medical interventions to modify sex anatomy, including that of intersex people.


  1. Intersex

    Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and/or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female. Intersex infants with ambiguous outer genitalia may be surgically 'corrected' to more easily fit into a socially accepted sex category. Others may opt, in adulthood, for surgical procedures in order to align their physical sex characteristics with their gender identity or the sex category to which they were assigned at birth. Others will not become aware that they are intersex—unless they receive genetic testing—because it does not manifest in their phenotype. Some individuals may be raised as a certain sex but then identify with another later in life, while others may not identify themselves as either exclusively female or exclusively male. Research has shown gender identity of intersex individuals to be independent of sexual orientation, though some intersex conditions also affect an individual's sexual orientation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of INTERSEX in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of INTERSEX in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of INTERSEX in a Sentence

  1. Damien Georges Awoumou:

    We are witnessing a situation where the IAAF (World Athletics) through these regulations is using sports to discriminate against women with intersex variations and to reinforce harmful gender stereotypes, the majority of athletes affected by the regulations are from the global south and for Africa these regulations remind us of the difficult and dark past of racial segregation.

  2. Micah Grzywnowicz:

    For years, we have said that marriage equality was an important signifier of equality, but not the be-all and end-all for LGBTI people, what is also crucial for our communities are effective laws to recognize rights of trans people to self-determination, robust protection against LGBTI-phobic violence and speech, equal access to reproductive rights, and prohibiting medical intervention on intersex children.

  3. Kimberly Zieselman:

    I'm absolutely not opposed to surgery in general, particularly when it's medically necessary, in fact, I support intersex people getting any kind of surgeries they themselves decide they want.

  4. Dana Zzyym:

    I am not male, I am not female, I am intersex, and I shouldn’t have to choose a gender marker for my official U.S. identity document that isn’t me.

  5. Eric Lohman:

    I knew that surgeries were common for intersex kids, but I didn't really understand how it would work, and so, my fear at the time was that they were going to take Rosie out of the room, and they were going to suggest doing the surgery.

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  • Intersexuelle, intersexuell, Intersex-Person, Intersexualität, IntersexuellerGerman
  • ιντερσεξGreek
  • intersexualSpanish
  • kaksineuvoisuus, kaksineuvoinenFinnish
  • intersexuée, intersexué, intersexualité, intersexuationFrench
  • idirghnéasach, idirghnéasIrish
  • 半陰陽者, 半陰陽, 間性Japanese
  • intersexualidade, intersexual, intersexPortuguese
  • интерсексуал, интерсексуальность, интерсексуальный, интерсексуалкаRussian

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