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Definition of Sex Ratio

(noun) The number of males compared to the number of females in a population.

Sex Ratio Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /sɛks ˈreɪʃ(i)oʊ/
    • British English
      • /sɛks ˈreɪʃɪəʊ/
  • Syllabification: (sex ra·tio)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: sex ratios
  • Variant spelling: sex-ratio

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Cite the Definition of Sex Ratio

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sex ratio.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-ratio/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sex ratio. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-ratio/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sex ratio.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-ratio/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sex ratio.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sex-ratio/>.