sex change


the alteration, by surgery and hormone treatments, of a person's physical sex characteristics to approximate those of the opposite sex: Born male, she now lives as a woman but has no plans for a sex change.

Nearby words

  1. sex act,
  2. sex appeal,
  3. sex assignment,
  4. sex cell,
  5. sex cells,
  6. sex chromatin,
  7. sex chromosome,
  8. sex chromosome imbalance,
  9. sex chromosomes,
  10. sex crime

Origin of sex change

First recorded in 1975–80

Also called sex reassignment, gender reassignment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gender reassignment

gender reassignment


male-to-female or female-to-male transformation involving surgery and hormone treatment

sex change


  1. a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics to those of the opposite sex, often achieved by surgery
  2. (as modifier)a sex-change operation
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Medicine definitions for gender reassignment

sex change


The modification of biological sex characteristics, by surgery and hormone treatment, to approximate those of the opposite sex.

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