[trans-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-]
- 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.
Origin of transsexual
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- a strong desire to change sex
- 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
Word Origin and History for transsexualism
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The state of being a transsexual.
- The desire to change one's anatomic sexual characteristics to conform physically with one's perception of self as a member of the opposite sex.
- 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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