transsexual [trans-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] Word Originnoun
- 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, relating to, or characteristic of transsexuals.
Compare cissexual. Origin of transsexual 1955–60; trans- + sexual, orig. in transsexualism (coined in 1953)Related formstrans·sex·u·al·ism, trans·sex·u·al·i·ty, nounUsage note See transgender. Related Words for trans-sexual bisexual, epicene, hermaphrodite, trans-sexual, unisexual British Dictionary definitions for trans-sexual transsexual transexual noun
- a person who permanently acts the part of and completely identifies with the opposite sex
- a person who has undergone medical and surgical procedures to alter external sexual characteristics to those of the opposite sex
Word Origin and History for trans-sexual transsexual
trans-sexual in Medicine transsexual [trăns-sĕk′shōō-əl] n.
- A person who strongly identifies with the opposite gender and who chooses to live as a member of the opposite gender or to become one by surgery.
- Of or relating to such a person.
- Relating to medical and surgical procedures designed to alter a person’s external sexual characteristics so they resemble those of the opposite gender.