gender dysphoria

noun

Definition of gender dysphoria

:a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth; also :a psychological disorder marked by such distress

First Known Use of gender dysphoria

1973


Medical Dictionary

gender dysphoria

noun

medical Definition of gender dysphoria

:a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth
  • A significant incongruence between gender identity and physical phenotype is known as gender identity disorder; the experience of this state, termed gender dysphoria, is a source of chronic suffering.
  • —Louis J. GoorenThe New England Journal of Medicine31 Mar. 2011
; also :a psychological disorder marked by such distress
  • Scientists have no conclusive explanation for what causes some people to feel dissonance between their gender identity and aspects of their anatomy. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association updated its manual, replacing the term “gender identity disorder,” with one that is less stigmatizing, “gender dysphoria.”
  • The New York Times4 May 2015
Note: Gender dysphoria is typically manifested by a rejection of traditional gender roles and by a desire to live as a member of the opposite sex.

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