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anonymous asked:

About the hermaphrodite thing, i thought that hermaphrodite meant somone that is both male and female, not someone that is inbetween. I thought it was a myth, not a medical term.

It actually isn’t a myth. Many animals are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both female and male genitalia. And it also happens to humans, as a mutation. 

Aside from having an ambiguous-looking external genitalia, true hermaphroditism in humans differs from pseudohermaphroditism in that the person’s karyotype has both XX and XY chromosome pairs (47XXY, 46XX/46XY, 46XX/47XXY or 45X/XY mosaic) and having both testicular and ovarian tissue. One possible pathophysiologic explanation of this rare phenomenon is a parthenogenetic division of a haploid ovum into two haploid ova. Upon fertilization of the two ova by two sperm cells (one carrying an X and the other carrying a Ychromosome), the two fertilized ova are then fused together resulting in a person having dual genitalial, gonadal (ovotestes) and genetic sex. X

Tl;dr: Human hermaphrodites have both XX and XY chromosome pairs and both testicular and ovarian tissue.