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sex assigned at birth (SAAB)

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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /sɛks əˈsʌɪnd æt bərθ/
    • British English
      • /sɛks əˈsʌɪnd at bəːθ/
      • /sɛks əˈsʌɪnd ət bəːθ/
  • Syllabification: (sex as·signed at birth)

Usage Notes

  • 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 September 17, 2019 (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 September 17, 2019. 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. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/>.