§5-13-2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases as used in this article, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context, shall have the following meanings:

(a) "State system" means the West Virginia public employees retirement system and the state teachers' retirement system.

(b) "Public system" means the West Virginia public employees retirement system.

(c) "Teacher system" means the state teachers' retirement system.

(d) "Member" means a member of either the West Virginia public employees retirement system or the state teachers' retirement system. The term "member" shall not include any person who has retired under either state system.

(e) "Accumulated contributions" means the sum of the amounts deducted from the compensations of a member and credited to his individual account in a state system, together with interest, if any, credited thereto.

(f) "Public final average salary" means a member's final average salary computed according to the law governing the public system. In computing his public final average salary, the compensations, if any, received by him for services rendered in positions covered by the teacher system shall be used in the same manner as if the compensations were received for services covered by the public system.

(g) "Teacher average salary" means a member's average salary computed according to the law governing the teacher system. In computing his teacher average salary, the compensations, if any, received by him for services rendered in positions covered by the public system shall be used in the same manner as if the compensations were received for services covered by the teacher system.

(h) "Reciprocal service credit" for a member of the public system who subsequently becomes a member of the teacher system, or vice versa, means the sum of his credited service in force acquired as a member of the public system and his credit service in force acquired as a member of the teacher system.

(i) "Annuity" means the annuity payable by a state system.

(j) The masculine gender includes the feminine, and words of the singular number with respect to persons include the plural number, and vice versa.