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noun
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.
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Also called core gender identity.

usage note for 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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gender identity

n.
A person's sense of being male or female, resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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