(no longer in technical use; now usually considered offensive)
[ trans-sek-shoo-uhl or, especially British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ trænsˈsɛk ʃu əl or, especially British, -ˈsɛks yu- /
a person having a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of a different sex.
a person who has undergone hormone treatment or surgery to attain the physical characteristics of a different sex.
of, relating to, or characteristic of such people.
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Origin of transsexual
usage note for transsexual
Transsexual originated in medical contexts. Now it is considered offensive by most younger transgender people and allies who feel it is overly concerned with physicality and external aspects of transgender identity rather than the emotional and internal aspects. It is still sometimes used by older transgender people who have been using the term transsexual to describe their own identity for years. See also transgender.
OTHER WORDS FROM transsexualtrans·sex·u·al·ism, trans·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for transsexual
/ (trænzˈsɛksjʊəl) /
a person who permanently acts the part of and completely identifies with the opposite sex
a person who has undergone medical and surgical procedures to alter external sexual characteristics to those of the opposite sex
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 transsexual
[ trăns-sĕk′shōō-əl ]
A person who strongly identifies with the opposite gender and who chooses to live as a member of the opposite gender or to become one by surgery.
Of or relating to such a person.
Relating to medical and surgical procedures designed to alter a person's external sexual characteristics so they resemble those of the opposite gender.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.