• (GA) IPA: /ˈɪntɚsɛks/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɪntəsɛks/

intersex (plural intersexes)

  1. Any of a variety of innate conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has sex characteristics which differ from those of a typical male and female; for example, the state of having physical features of both male and female sexes; intersexuality.
    • 1953, Time, 23 Feb 1953:
      A Canadian believes that he has solved the diagnostic problem in human intersex. All human cells, says Dr. Murray L. Barr of the University of Western Ontario, contain something called sex chromatin.
    • 2007, Catherine Harper, Intersex, Berg (ISBN 9781845201838), page 129:
      The British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Statement (2001) indicated that among the range of intersex conditions that particularly present with genital ambiguity are 'true hermaphroditism' and gonadal dysgenesis.
    • 2008, Emine Saner, The Guardian, 30 Jul 2008, G2, page 12:
      It is thought that around one in 1,000 babies are born with an "intersex" condition, the general term for people with chromosomal abnormalities.
  2. (biology, zoology) An individual with any of these conditions.
    • 2009, Mary C Smith & David Sherman, Goat Medicine, page 609:
      An intersex, then, is an animal that shows both male and female characteristics.
Translations Adjective

intersex (not comparable)

  1. (of an individual) Having an intersex condition.
    • 2006, Alice Domurate Dreger, “Intersex and Human Rights: The Long View”, in Sharon E. Sytsma (editor), Ethics and Intersex, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4020-4313-0, page 81 ↗:
      If you would not obfuscate the medical history of a person who was born without intersex, then you ought not to do so when dealing with a person born intersex.
    • 2006, Dean Spade, “Compliance Is Gendered: Struggling for Gender Self-Determination in a Hostile Economy”, Paisley Currah et al. (editors), Transgender Rights, University of Minnesota Press, ISBN 978-0-8166-4312-7, page 225 ↗:
      His confidentiality was broken, and soon the entire staff and residential population were aware that Jim was intersex. […] we faced the fact that most programs were gender segregated and would not be a safe place for Jim to be known as intersex.
    • 2010, Sean Saifa Wall, “I am the ‘I’”, in Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (editors), Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Seal Press, ISBN 978-1-58005-308-2, page 109 ↗:
      When I had learned that I was intersex, I brought this issue to my mother.
    • 2010, The Age, 3 Jun 2010:
      A survey of 1100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people by Griffith and Bond University researchers found that the overwhelming majority had been victims of targeted harassment as well as physical and sexual abuse.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Verb

intersex (intersexes, present participle intersexing; past and past participle intersexed)

  1. (nonstandard) To make intersex#Adjective|intersex.
    • 2013, Patrick Colm Hogan, Ulysses and the Poetics of Cognition (ISBN 9781134491773), page 176:
      The point is significant in light of current political issues surrounding real intersexed individuals. [...] It is clearly the case that physical intersexing and psychological androgyny do not conform to sex and gender norms in society. [...]
    Synonyms: intersexualize

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