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gender dysphoria


a psychological condition marked by significant emotional distress and impairment in life functioning, caused by a lack of congruence between gender identity and biological sex assigned at birth.


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Nearby words

gendarme, gendarmerie, gender, gender bender, gender binary, gender dysphoria, gender equality, gender expression, gender gap, gender identity, gender reassignment
Also called gender identity disorder.

Usage note

Some transgender individuals and their advocates object to the use of the word "disorder" to describe this condition and therefore reject use of the variant term gender identity disorder. However, others feel that classifying it as a disorder may facilitate access to medical care related to the condition. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gender dysphoria

gender dysphoria


a condition in which a person feels uncertainty or anxiety about his or her birth gender
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