[ dee-seks ]
/ diˈsɛks /

verb (used with object)

Veterinary Surgery. to castrate or spay.
to deprive of sex, sex appeal, or sexual interest.
to remove elements of sexism from; degenderize: a campaign to desex business writing.

Origin of desex

First recorded in 1910–15; de- + sex Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for desex

  • When it becomes necessary to desex men, the resulting condition is infantile, not female.

    Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

Medicine definitions for desex


[ dē-sĕks ]


To remove part or all of the reproductive organs of.
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