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December 20, 2000

Gender vs Sex

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(23):2997-2998. doi:10.1001/jama.284.23.2993

To the Editor: In their Commentary "Gender Verification in the Olympics," Dr Simpson and colleagues1 were imprecise in their use of "gender," given that the topic at hand is clearly "sex," not gender. Certainly, gender long ago subsumed sex as a generic reference in popular culture to all manner of traits associated with the 2 basic sexual divisions. However, proper use of technical terms is not a trivial matter, especially in scientific and clinical publications.

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