Morphodite vs. Hermaphrodite - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Morphodite

    In biology, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has complete or partial reproductive organs and produces gametes normally associated with both male and female sexes. Many taxonomic groups of animals (mostly invertebrates) do not have separate sexes. In these groups, hermaphroditism is a normal condition, enabling a form of sexual reproduction in which either partner can act as the "female" or "male". For example, the great majority of tunicates, pulmonate snails, opisthobranch snails and slugs are hermaphrodites. Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites. Historically, the term hermaphrodite has also been used to describe ambiguous genitalia and gonadal mosaicism in individuals of gonochoristic species, especially human beings. The word intersex has come into preferred usage for humans, since the word hermaphrodite is considered to be misleading and stigmatizing, as well as "scientifically specious and clinically problematic". A rough estimate of the number of hermaphroditic animal species is 65,000. Since the estimated total number of animal species is 8.6 million, the percentage of animal species that are hermaphroditic is about 0.7%. Arthropods are the phylum with the largest number of species. Most hermaphroditic species exhibit some degree of self-fertilization. The distribution of self-fertilization rates among animals is similar to that of plants, suggesting that similar processes are operating to direct the evolution of selfing in animals and plants.

  • Hermaphrodite

    In biology, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has complete or partial reproductive organs and produces gametes normally associated with both male and female sexes. Many taxonomic groups of animals (mostly invertebrates) do not have separate sexes. In these groups, hermaphroditism is a normal condition, enabling a form of sexual reproduction in which either partner can act as the "female" or "male". For example, the great majority of tunicates, pulmonate snails, opisthobranch snails and slugs are hermaphrodites. Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites. Historically, the term hermaphrodite has also been used to describe ambiguous genitalia and gonadal mosaicism in individuals of gonochoristic species, especially human beings. The word intersex has come into preferred usage for humans, since the word hermaphrodite is considered to be misleading and stigmatizing, as well as "scientifically specious and clinically problematic". A rough estimate of the number of hermaphroditic animal species is 65,000. Since the estimated total number of animal species is 8.6 million, the percentage of animal species that are hermaphroditic is about 0.7%. Arthropods are the phylum with the largest number of species. Most hermaphroditic species exhibit some degree of self-fertilization. The distribution of self-fertilization rates among animals is similar to that of plants, suggesting that similar processes are operating to direct the evolution of selfing in animals and plants.

Wiktionary

  • Morphodite (noun)

    Hermaphrodite.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    An individual or organism possessing ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads. from late 14th c.

    "An earthworm is a hermaphrodite."

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    A hermaphrodite brig.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    A farm wagon convertible to multiple purposes.

  • Hermaphrodite (adjective)

    Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads.

  • Hermaphrodite (adjective)

    Combining two opposing qualities.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Morphodite (noun)

    Originally: a hermaphrodite; a person having both male and female sex characteristics. In later use also: a homosexual man or woman, especially one overtly manifesting features or attributes regarded as characteristic of the opposite sex; a transvestite.

  • Morphodite (noun)

    English regional (east.). A wagon able to be converted into a cart.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    a person or animal having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or (in the case of some organisms) as the natural condition.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    a plant having stamens and pistils in the same flower.

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    a person or thing combining opposite qualities or characteristics.

  • Hermaphrodite (adjective)

    of or denoting a person, animal, or plant having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics

    "hermaphrodite creatures in classical sculpture"

Webster Dictionary

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

    An individual which has the attributes of both male and female, or which unites in itself the two sexes; an animal or plant having the parts of generation of both sexes, as when a flower contains both the stamens and pistil within the same calyx, or on the same receptacle. In some cases reproduction may take place without the union of the distinct individuals. In the animal kingdom true hermaphrodites are found only among the invertebrates. See Illust. in Appendix, under Helminths.

  • Hermaphrodite (adjective)

    Including, or being of, both sexes; as, an hermaphrodite animal or flower.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Hermaphrodite (noun)

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

  • Hermaphrodite (adjective)

    of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs

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