a person having a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex.
a person who has undergone hormone treatment and surgery to attain the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of transsexuals.

1955–60; trans- + sexual, orig. in transsexualism (coined in 1953)

transsexualism, transsexuality, noun Unabridged
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transsexual or transexual (trænzˈsɛksjʊəl)
1.  a person who permanently acts the part of and completely identifies with the opposite sex
2.  a person who has undergone medical and surgical procedures to alter external sexual characteristics to those of the opposite sex
transexual or transexual

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transsexual trans·sex·u·al (trāns-sěk'shōō-əl)

  1. A person with the external genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics of one sex, but whose personal identification and psychosocial configuration is that of the opposite sex.

  2. A person who has undergone a sex change.

  1. Of or relating to such a person.

  2. Relating to medical and surgical procedures designed to alter a person's external sexual characteristics so they resemble those of the opposite sex.

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