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CNN sparked outrage and indignation on Twitter.com when the cable news network referred to a majority of its audience as "individuals with a cervix".

On Thursday, CNN tweeted, "Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65, with HPV testing every five years as the preferred method of testing, according to a new guideline released by the American Cancer Society."

CNN's followers reacted angrily to the offensive description. They schooled CNN on the proper language to describe biological females.

One user tweeted: "There is a word in the dictionary for the people you are referring to: WOMEN."

Another wrote: "Individuals with a cervix?????? We all realize only biologic women have a cervix right???? Is there a reason we cant call it what it is?"

A third user tweeted: "It's not just the headline - they get through the entire article without using the words 'woman' or 'female' once."

Others defended CNN for using inclusive and diverse language to describe a tiny segment of their audience.

"[A]ll of the ppl replying "don't you just mean women!" conveniently forget 1. trans ppl exist and 2. chromosomal abnormalities often result in ppl who aren’t biologically female having a cervix."