trans

adjective
\ˈtran(t)s, ˈtranz\

Definition of trans 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

b : transsexual

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

abbreviation

Definition of trans (Entry 2 of 3)

trans-

prefix

Definition of trans- (Entry 3 of 3)

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

2a : 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

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All foods are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, other artificial additives and GMO’s, according to the eatery. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "CoreLife Eatery brings fresh, healthy food options to Hyde Park," 10 July 2018 After a wave of backlash came crashing down on Scarlett Johansson for taking the role of a trans man in the film Rub & Tug, the actress has departed the film and issued the following statement to Out magazine. Jordan Crucchiola, The Cut, "Scarlett Johansson Leaves Her Role in Rub & Tug," 13 July 2018 But the odds are so heavily stacked against trans actors that casting across gender-identification lines becomes a real-world political problem, not a silver screen challenge. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Scarlett Johansson won’t play a trans man after all.," 13 July 2018 The problem is that Johansson is a cisgender woman, and many people believe Gill was a trans man. Jesse Singal, Daily Intelligencer, "Business Insider Retracted a Bad Piece — and Set a Terrible Precedent," 11 July 2018 Episode 5, the season’s most ambitious, introduces Skyler, a trans man who recently had top surgery to re-contour his chest and is learning to do the same with his sexuality. Jason Parham, WIRED, "On the New Season of Queer Eye, Learning Goes Both Ways," 15 June 2018 That, for the first time, the revival takes on a straight woman and a trans man is only the beginning of the evolution of a show that has far more to say than viewers might have initially expected. Daniel D'addario, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'Queer Eye' Season 2 on Netflix," 7 June 2018 The majority of online commenters argued that the role should have gone to a trans performer. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Trans Film Following Backlash," 13 July 2018 Transgender actors and advocates immediately criticized the production for not casting a trans actor in the role. CBS News, "Scarlett Johansson drops out of "Rub & Tug" amid backlash," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of trans

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for trans

Prefix

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

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The first known use of trans was in 1892

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trans-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of trans-

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

: so as to change in form or position

trans.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of trans.

transitive

trans-

prefix

Kids Definition of trans-

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

2 : so as to change or transfer transplant

trans

adjective
\ˈtran(t)s, ˈtranz \

Medical Definition of trans 

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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