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transvestism

[ trans-ves-tiz-uhm, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈvɛs tɪz əm, trænz- /
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noun

Psychiatry. the practice, especially of those assigned male at birth, of wearing clothing usually associated with a different sex for psychological or sexual gratification.
Offensive. the practice of crossdressing.

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Also trans·ves·ti·tism [trans-ves-ti-tiz-uhm, tranz-]. /trænsˈvɛs tɪˌtɪz əm, trænz-/.

Origin of transvestism

First recorded in 1925–30; from German Transvestismus, from Latin trāns-, preposition and prefix + vest(īre) “to clothe” + German -ismus; see origin at trans-, vest, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM transvestism

trans·ves·tic, adjective
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Medical definitions for transvestism

transvestism
[ trăns-vĕstĭz′əm, trănz- ]

n.

The practice of dressing in clothes traditionally associated with the opposite gender.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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