Definition of Sex Assigned at Birth
(noun) The label, typically male or female, given to an infant based on medical standards for sex characteristics.
Sex Assigned at Birth Pronunciation
Syllabification: sex as·signed at birth
- American English – /sEks uh-sIEnd uht bUHRth/
- British English – /sEks uh-sIEnd UHt bUHRth/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /sɛks əˈsaɪnd æt bɜrθ/
- British English – /sɛks əˈsaɪnd æt bɜːθ/
- Plural: sexes assigned at birth
- Abbreviation: SAAB
- These standards are based on external genital appearance. Some nations such as Germany are now allowing infants to be categorized as intersex at birth.
- MAAB indicates male assigned at birth and FAAB indicates female assigned at birth.
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Cite the Definition of Sex Assigned at Birth
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “sex assigned at birth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
sex assigned at birth. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “sex assigned at birth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sex assigned at birth.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/>.