transsexual

adjective trans·sex·u·al \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl , -shəl \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of transsexual

:of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth
Note: Transsexual people may or may not undergo surgery and hormone therapy to obtain a physical appearance typical of the gender they identify as.

transsexual

or less commonly transexual noun

transsexualism

or less commonly transexualism play \-sh(ə-)wə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-ˌli-\ noun

transsexuality

or less commonly transexuality play \-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

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First Known Use of transsexual

1957


Medical Dictionary

transsexual

noun trans·sex·u·al
variants: also transexual play \(ˈ)tran(t)s-ˈsek-sh(-ə)-wəl, -ˈsek-shəl\

medical Definition of transsexual

:a person who psychologically identifies with the opposite sex and may seek to live as a member of this sex especially by undergoing surgery and hormone therapy to obtain the necessary physical appearance (as by changing the external sex organs)

transsexual

also transexual adjective

transsexualism

also transexualism play \-wə-ˌliz-əm, -shə-ˌliz-\ noun

transsexuality

also transexuality play \-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

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