gender dysphoria

[ jen-der dis-fawr-ee-uh ]
/ ˈdʒɛn dər dɪsˌfɔr i ə /


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



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Also called, Usually Offensive, gender identity disorder .

Origin of gender dysphoria

First recorded in 1970–75

usage note for gender dysphoria

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, which was once used more widely. 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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for gender dysphoria

gender dysphoria


a condition in which a person feels uncertainty or anxiety about his or her birth gender
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for gender dysphoria

gender dysphoria


A persistent unease with having the physical characteristics of one's gender, accompanied by strong identification with the opposite gender and a desire to live as or to become a member of the opposite gender.
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