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verb (used with object)
  1. Veterinary Surgery. to castrate or spay.
  2. to deprive of sex, sex appeal, or sexual interest.
  3. to remove elements of sexism from; degenderize: a campaign to desex business writing.
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Origin of desex

First recorded in 1910–15; de- + sex
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Examples from the Web for desex

Historical Examples

  • 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

desex in Medicine


  1. To remove part or all of the reproductive organs of.
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