transsexualism

transsexual

[trans-sek-shoo-uhl]
noun
1.
a person having a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex.
2.
a person who has undergone hormone treatment and surgery to attain the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of transsexuals.

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

transsexualism, transsexuality, noun
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transsexual or transexual (trænzˈsɛksjʊəl)
 
n
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
 
n

transsexualism or transexualism (trænzˈsɛksjʊəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
a strong desire to change sex
 
transexualism or transexualism
 
n

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transsexualism
"intense desire to change one's sexual status, including the anatomical structure," 1953, coined by U.S. physician Harry Benjamin (1885-1986) from trans- + sexual (see sex); first record of transsexual (adj. and n.) is from 1957. Transsexuality is recorded from 1941, but was
used at first to mean "homosexuality" or "bisexuality."
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transsexual trans·sex·u·al (trāns-sěk'shōō-əl)
n.

  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.

adj.
  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.

transsexualism trans·sex·u·al·ism (trāns-sěk'shōō-ə-lĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The state of being a transsexual.

  2. The desire to change one's anatomic sexual characteristics to conform physically with one's perception of self as a member of the opposite sex.

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