transsexual

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Etymology[edit]

Trans- +‎ sexual. Introduced to English along with transsexualism by David Oliver Cauldwell in 1949, based on the German word Transsexualismus coined by Magnus Hirschfeld in 1923. Popularized in the mid 1960s, around the same time that transgender was coined;[1] transgender had become an umbrella term and largely but not entirely displaced transsexual by the 1990s.[2]

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transsexual ‎(comparative more transsexual, superlative most transsexual)

  1. (of a person) Being a transsexual.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although some authors distinguish transsexual (pertaining to physical sex) and transgender (pertaining to gender), transgender is generally taken to encompass transsexual and has largely displaced it; transsexual is now often considered outdated, although some people who have undergone SRS still prefer it; compare the usage notes at transgender.[3] Neither term should be confused with transvestite (which see for more).[1][2][4]

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Noun[edit]

transsexual ‎(plural transsexuals)

  1. One who has changed or is in the process of changing their physical sex (because it did not match their desired sex) by undergoing medical treatment such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and/or sex reassignment surgery (SRS).
    • 1995, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar:
      When a man is a woman trapped in a man's body, and has a little operation, he is a transsexual.
    • a. 1998, Myra Love, Reality’s Friends, excerpted in Gertrude M. James Gonzalez and Anne J. M. Mamary (editors), Cultural Activisms: Poetic Voices, Political Voices, SUNY Press (1999), ISBN 978-0-7914-3965-4, page 107:
      He claimed that they had this wonderful and loving relationship in which the transsexual-to-be had felt that his suitor truly loved him the way he was and didn’t want him to have the surgery, []
    • 2003 December 9, Kitty Fine, “How to Tell If Your Fella Wants to Be a Woman!”, in Weekly World News, ISSN 0199-574X, page 14:
      Hundreds of women every year are taken completely by surprise when their husbands announce they want to undergo sex-change surgery — and the news is even more shocking when comes, as it often does, from a burly he-man who’d given no clue to his inner girl. ¶ But the signs are definitely there if your husband is dreaming of becoming a transsexual, says a new study by a top sexologist.
    • a. 2006, anonymous, “My Husband’s Secret”, in Grandma Joy, Grandma Joy's Hope for Hurting Women: Healing the Wounds of the Past and Gaining Hope for the Future, Destiny Image Publishers (2006), ISBN 978-0-7684-2351-8, page 133:
      He was wearing women’s clothes before he had the surgery; then, he actually became a transsexual, and they (amazingly) stayed together.

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  • See the usage note at transgender regarding the use of this type of word as a noun.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas E. Bevan, The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism (2014, ISBN 1440831270), page 42: "The term transsexual was introduced by Cauldwell (1949) and popularized by Harry Benjamin (1966) [...]. The term transgender was coined by John Oliven (1965) and popularized by various transgender people [... including] many transgender people [who] advocated the use of the term much more than Prince. [...] Transsexuals constitute a subset of transgender people."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Transgender Rights (2006, ISBN 0816643121), edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, Shannon Minter; page 4: "From signifying a subject position between cross-dresser and transsexual, the meaning of transgender expanded radically in the early 1990s to include them, along with other cross-gender practices and identities."
  3. ^ transsexual” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  4. ^ GLAAD media reference guide

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Adjective[edit]

transsexual m, f ‎(masculine and feminine plural transsexuals)

  1. transsexual

Noun[edit]

transsexual m, f ‎(plural transsexuals)

  1. a transsexual

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