trans

adjective
\ ˈtran(t)s How to pronounce trans (audio) , ˈtranz How to pronounce trans (audio) \

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
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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Zack Barack became the first trans actor to appear in a Marvel movie with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Marvel's The Eternals confirms openly gay character: 'He's married, he's got a family'," 26 Aug. 2019 But far too often I’m disappointed by the inadequate care that most trans people receive in the doctor’s office. Amy Stulman, Quartz, "Going to the doctor can be a traumatic experience for trans patients—but one piece of paper would help change that," 10 Sep. 2019 After Booker's death, advocates, lawmakers and allies reignited their call for more protections for trans people. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Suspect arrested in death of transgender woman found in White Rock Lake, Dallas police say," 20 June 2019 Armstead was the first trans woman Royale had met, and that’s when things began making sense to Royale. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "From Parliament House to the world’s 1st black Miss International Queen, Jazell Barbie Royale ‘brings a song to life’," 13 June 2019 My son was the first to be treated at Rady Children’s (Hospital) and now there is a gender management clinic at Rady serving the trans youth community in San Diego. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families," 22 Apr. 2018 Sadly, the rate of violence on the trans community, in particular trans women of color, continues to rise. James Love, Essence, "Indya Moore And Liris Crosse Talk About Creating A More Inclusive World At Essence Fashion House," 2 Sep. 2019 Model behavior: Things aren’t going great for Angel, either. The star hasn’t booked any modeling gigs in months and learns that she has been outed as a trans woman to the modeling world, who refuses to accept her. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "In With the New: 5 Key Takeaways From 'Pose' Season 2 Finale," 21 Aug. 2019 An awkward teen spends the summer in New York City with his older sister, a lesbian and trans activist. Los Angeles Times, "‘Brittany Runs a Marathon,’ ‘Angel Has Fallen’ and more new movies in L.A. this week," 18 Aug. 2019

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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.

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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 How to pronounce trans (audio) , ˈtranz How to pronounce trans (audio) \

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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