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Intersex
Glossary Of Terms


DEFINITION:

Having both male and female sexual characteristics, may be noticeable at birth or may become apparent after puberty. Intersexuality noticeable at birth may be classified as female or male pseudohermaphroditism or true hermaphroditism. Female pseudohermaphroditism, or female intersex, may be of adrenal or nonadrenal type.
PRONUNCIATION:
'in-ter-seks (noun)
EXAMPLES:
For over 40 years, doctors have been placed in the impossible position of making momentous decisions for intersex children, without well founded scientific principles and with little more to guide them than a personal hunch that they were doing the "right thing for the child."
ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB:
Intersex Society of North America
Devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with atypical reproductive anatomies

The UK Intersex Association
an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organization which works on behalf of intersexed people.



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