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The idea of gender derives from reproductive role, sometimes referred to as "sex"[1]. In this primary sense, it can refer to:

For an overview of all the aspects of gender in this sense of the word, see Gender 101.

Other Uses

It also is used in the context of:


  • /101: summary of current scientific understanding of gender
  • /transfusions: evidence around the need to gender-match transfusion donor and recipient



  1. has a good explanation under "Usage note", starting with: "Although it is possible to define gender as “sex,” indicating that the term can be used when differentiating male creatures from female ones biologically, the concept of gender, a word primarily applied to human beings, has additional connotations—more rich and more amorphous—having to do with general behavior, social interactions, and most importantly, one's fundamental sense of self."