1
: transgender
The Affordable Care Act included trans health care in many places and that was a remarkable step in the right direction for trans people, but in some ways it still remained difficult to receive personalized and comprehensive transgender healthcare.Alexa Corazón

Note: While the word trans has been used as a shortened version of both transgender and transsexual, the word transsexual is dated and sometimes offensive. The word transgender is preferred.

2
chemistry : 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
3
genetics : 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 sense 3

trans

2 of 3

abbreviation

trans-

3 of 3

prefix

1
: on or to the other side of : across : beyond
transatlantic
2
a
: beyond (a specified chemical element) in the periodic table
transuranium
b
: trans
trans-dichloro-ethylene
compare cis- sense 2
3
: through
transcutaneous
4
: so or such as to change or transfer
transliterate
translocation
transamination
transship

Examples of trans in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Mack transitioned to preparing himself and the Friendship Flame for the most challenging part of the trip—the trans-Pacific leg. Paul Glenshaw, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2024 In the nineteen-thirties, one of the most famous trans people in the world was Zdeněk Koubek, a Czech running champion who transitioned to live as a man. The New Yorker, 24 June 2024 Fans may know author Aiden Thomas for his 2020 debut novel Cemetery Boys, which made history as the first fiction book by an openly trans author centering a trans character to make the fiction New York Times bestseller list. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 The internet punishes them for being trans, and this fits an awful pattern: The increase in deletions equals more messages from con artists, and these scams are popping up more and more with the rise of artificial intelligence. Cherie Deville, Rolling Stone, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for trans 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

(sense 1) by shortening of transgender or transsexual; (senses 2 & 3) from the prefix trans-

Prefix

Latin trans-, tra- across, beyond, through, so as to change, from trans across, beyond — more at through entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of trans was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Trans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trans. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

trans-

prefix
1
: on or to the other side of : across : beyond
transatlantic
2
: so or such as to change in form or position or transfer
transliterate
Etymology

Prefix

derived from Latin trans- "across, beyond, so as to change"

Medical Definition

trans

adjective
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
: 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 sense 2

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