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trans

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adjective \ˈtran(t)s, ˈtranz\

Definition of trans

  1. :  characterized by having certain groups of atoms on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of a double bond or of the plane of a ring in a molecule



1892

First Known Use of trans

1892

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trans

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Definition of trans




trans-

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Simple Definition of trans-

  • : on or to the other side of : across or beyond

  • : so as to change in form or position

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trans-

  1. 1 :  on or to the other side of :  across :  beyond <transatlantic>

  2. 2a :  beyond (a specified chemical element) in the periodic table <transuranium>b usually italic :  trans <trans-dichloro-ethylene> — compare cis- 2

  3. 3 :  through <transcutaneous>

  4. 4 :  so or such as to change or transfer <transliterate> <translocation> <transamination> <transship>

Origin and Etymology of trans-

Latin trans-, tra- across, beyond, through, so as to change, from trans across, beyond — more at through


TRANS- Defined for Kids

trans-

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Definition of trans- for Students

  1. 1 :  on or to the other side of :  across :  beyond <transatlantic>

  2. 2 :  so as to change or transfer <transplant>




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adjective \ˈtran(t)s, ˈtranz\

Medical Definition of trans

  1. 1:  characterized by or having certain groups of atoms on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of a double bond or of the plane of a ring in a molecule—see all-trans

  2. 2:  relating to or being an arrangement of two very closely linked genes in the heterozygous condition in which one mutant allele and one wild-type allele are on each of the two homologous chromosomes—compare cis 2




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