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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.

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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 August 24, 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 August 24, 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. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-assigned-at-birth/>.