gender identity disorder

noun

plural gender identity disorders
now usually offensive
: gender dysphoria

Note: This term is now usually considered offensive in its implication that the distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person was identified as having at birth is an abnormal condition. Gender dysphoria is the preferred term in both medical and general contexts.

Examples of gender identity disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, a Dutch clinical psychologist specializing in children, began receiving referrals of teenagers who were experiencing gender dysphoria (then called gender identity disorder). New York Times, 15 June 2022 That was a time when some insurance plans considered a prior diagnosis of gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder to be a preexisting condition. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Dec. 2020 But the medical community used other terms in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM, to pathologize gender nonconformity, including transsexualism and gender identity disorder. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, 31 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gender identity disorder was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Gender identity disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gender%20identity%20disorder. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

gender identity disorder

noun
now usually offensive
: gender dysphoria

Note: This term is now usually considered offensive in its implication that the distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person was identified as having at birth is an abnormal condition. Gender dysphoria is the preferred term in both medical and general contexts.

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