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cross-dress definition


This page has two definitions of cross-dress in English. Cross-dress is a verb. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: crossdress


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From cross- +‎ dress.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɔsˈdɹɛs/, /ˈkɹɒsˈdɹɛs/


cross-dress (third-person singular simple present cross-dresses, present participle cross-dressing, simple past and past participle cross-dressed)

  1. To wear clothes typically associated with the opposite sex.
  2. (immunology) To display on the surface of a dendritic cell antigens produced by a different cell.
    • 2006 November 1, Brian P. Dolan et al., “Dendritic Cells Cross-Dressed with Peptide MHC Class I Complexes Prime CD8+ T Cells”, in Journal of Immunology, volume 177, number 9, DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.177.9.6018, pages 6018-6024:
      Such DC are cross-dressed because they are wearing peptide-MHC complexes generated by other cells.


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