- a person's inner sense of being male or female, usually developed during early childhood as a result of parental rearing practices and societal influences and strengthened during puberty by hormonal changes.
Also called core gender identity.
One's gender identity may continue to evolve over time and may diverge from the male/female gender division. See the usage note at gender1.
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- A person's sense of being male or female, resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
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