(1) A male and female reproductive organ-bearing creature (plant or animal).
(2) As a result, an organism with both male and female organs may produce both male and female gametes.
For example, a plant hermaphrodite possesses both staminate and carpellate organs.
Animals like pulmonate and opisthrobranch snails and slugs can play both male and female roles in sexual reproduction.
In humans, the word refers to a person who possesses both male and female organs.
However, such a person may not be regarded as a real instance of hermaphroditism because one of the two gonads is typically inoperable.
The term “genuine hermaphrodite” refers to an individual who has both functioning gonads.
Hermaphrodites can be any of the following:
Simultaneous Hermaphrodite refers to an organism that has both male and female reproductive organs at the same time.
Sequential Hermaphrodite a creature has one kind of reproductive organ early in life and the other afterwards.
The name Hermaphroditus derives from the minor Greek deity Hermaphroditus, son of Hermes and Aphrodite.