The term "transabled" was coined by Sean O'Connor in 2004. Sean wanted to have a term that was more generic, more easily accepted than wannabe, and representative of the condition.

He thought that "Body Integrity Identity Disorder Sufferer" was a mouthful, unweildy, and that the use of the word 'sufferer' immediately projected a negative connotation.

As BIID is believed to be closely linked to GID, he used the concept of pairing GID with transsexual, and came up with the word transabled, or someone needing to go from one state of impairment (or lack thereof) to another.

BIID, is a condition characterised by an overwhelming need to align one's physical body with one's body image. This body image includes an impairment (some say disability), most often an amputation of one or more limbs, or paralysis, deafness, blindness, or other conditions. In other words, people suffering from BIID don't feel complete unless they become amputees, paraplegic, deaf, blind or have other "disabling" conditions. Also see BIID