transsexual [trans-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] Word Origin See more synonyms for transsexual on 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.


  1. 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

  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

Word Origin and History for trans-sexual transsexual

1957 (adj. and n.), from trans- + sexual, and cf. transsexualism.

trans-sexual in Medicine transsexual [trăns-sĕk′shōō-əl] n.

  1. 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.


  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 gender.

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