- A term originating from Greek mythology that refers to beings that are both fully female and fully male. The term was once adopted in the medical realm to describe people with intersex variations generally (and later to describe someone with both ovarian and testicular tissue specifically), but it is now recognized to be stigmatizing, imprecise, and misleading. Many people in the intersex community consider the use of this term to be pathologizing and deeply offensive, while other intersex people have chosen to reclaim the term to describe themselves and their bodies. Do not use this term to describe an individual unless they explicitly identify with it and have chosen to use it.
- Term updated in collaboration with interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, 2022-2023.
- Revised during an extended collaboration with interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, 2022-2023.
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