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The sex that has the capacity to produce eggs (ova), or progeny, are individuals belonging to this category. In mammals, the determination of sex depends upon genetic structure, and in particular, chromosomes. The female possesses two X chromosomes, as opposed to the X and Y chromosomes present in males.
The term 'female' refers to biological characteristics, not to be confused with 'feminine,' which describes socially and culturally determined attributes related to gender identity.