- Category to which an individual is assigned by self or others, on the basis of sex.†
- Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture. ‡
- Sex; one’s personal, social, and legal status as ♂ or ♀, based on body and behavior, not on genital and/or erotic criteria.º
†Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
‡The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary © 2007
ºMcGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002
Gender Role: A set of social and behavioral norms that, within a specific culture, are widely considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex. The perception of gender roles includes attitudes, actions, and personality traits associated with a particular gender within that culture.