[ trans-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo- ]
/ trænsˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu- /


a person having a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex.
a person who has undergone hormone treatment and surgery to attain the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.


of, relating to, or characteristic of transsexuals.
Compare cissexual.

Origin of transsexual

1955–60; trans- + sexual, orig. in transsexualism (coined in 1953)

OTHER WORDS FROM transsexual

trans·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
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Medical definitions for transsexual

[ trăns-sĕkshōō-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.
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