Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: seks


  1. The biologic character or quality that distinguishes male and female from one another as expressed by analysis of the person's gonadal, morphologic (internal and external), chromosomal, and hormonal characteristics.
  2. The physiologic and psychological processes within a person that prompt behavior related to procreation or erotic pleasure.

[L. sexus]

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.