sex reassignment surgery

[ seksree-uh-sahyn-muhnt sur-juh-ree ]
/ ˈsɛks ri əˌsaɪn mənt ˌsɜr dʒə ri /

noun

the alteration of a person's physical sex characteristics by surgery and the administration of hormones in order to match the person’s gender identity. Abbreviation: SRS

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Also called sexual reassignment surgery, gender reassignment surgery, gender confirmation surgery .

Origin of sex reassignment surgery

First recorded in 1965–70

usage note for sex reassignment surgery

While sex change was once a term widely used to refer to sex reassignment surgery, it has declined in use and can be seen as offensive. The terminology around these procedures now places the focus on the way in which one might align one’s assigned sex with one’s gender identity.
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