gender identity


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.

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for core gender identity

gender identity


A person's sense of being male or female, resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
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