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variants or less commonly MtF
plural MTFs or MTF's also MtFs or MtF's
: a transgender woman
The descriptors male to female (MTF) and female to male (FTM) are often used in medical and sociological literature to describe trans people, and sometimes they use them to talk about themselves. Many trans people prefer the terms "trans man" (same as FTM) or "trans woman" (same as MTF) because these terms affirm their chosen identities.Laura Erickson-Schroth, quoted in The New York Times, 21 Apr. 2010


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mechanical time fuse

Word History



male to female

First Known Use


1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of MTF was in 1991

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“MTF.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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