Hermaphroditism - Definition

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Definition


Hermaphroditism in the plant or animal world is defined by the successive or simultaneous existence of male and female sexual characteristics in the same individual, which sometimes enables self-fertilization. In humans, self-fertilization is not possible, but the presence of both male and female sexual characteristics defines hermaphroditism. This anomaly is a malformation which usually involves infertility and little or no fully-developed sexual organs. So called "true" hermaphroditism, which is very rare and includes the presence of fully-formed testicles and ovaries, is distinguished from pseudohermaphrodisme in which ambiguity is generated by the malformation, but the sex organs of one sex are present.

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