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trans- +‎ sex


transsex (third-person singular simple present transsexes, present participle transsexing, simple past and past participle transsexed)

  1. (intransitive) To transition (to undergo a transition) from being one sex/gender to being another (especially by sex reassignment surgery). (Compare transgender.)
    • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:transsex.
    • 2007, Catherine Harper, Intersex, ↑ISBN, page 11:
      Many intersexuals, however, are surgically assigned as male or female, and for some that assignment causes such disharmony between body and psyche that the subject then transsexes in adulthood.
  2. (transitive) To transgender; to (cause something to) change from being sexed/gendered in one way to being sexed/gendered in another way.
    • 2009, Andrea Bloomgarden, ‎Rosemary B. Mennuti, Psychotherapist Revealed ↑ISBN, page 184:
      There is a common misconception that gay men, for instance, are naturally effeminate and may someday wish to transsex their bodies.
    • 2009, Bodies and Boundaries in Graeco-Roman Antiquity ↑ISBN, page 136:
      Isis transsexes Iphis, female to male (Met. 9.668: Iphide mutata) in the nick of time (unusque dies restabat) on his/her wedding day.


transsex (not comparable)

  1. Transsexual.
    • 2006, Paisley Currah, ‎Richard M. Juang, ‎Shannon Minter, Transgender Rights ↑ISBN, page 65:
      New York, Ohio, and Texas ruled that transsex persons could marry only in the gender role that they had been assigned at birth.



transsex (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Transsexuality, transsexualism; the state of being transsexual. (Compare transgender.)
    • 2007, Alison Stone, An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy ↑ISBN, page 41
      Before we can answer this question, we need to consider two other phenomena – transsex and transgender – which also expose the muddle within conventional categories of sex.

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