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

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

Examples of trans in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So it’s not only trans and indigenous study participants, but also rural residents, people with rare diseases, and refugees, among others, who grow tired of repeatedly serving as guinea pigs for high-minded academic studies. Grace Huckins, Wired, "For Marginalized Groups, Being Studied Can Be a Burden," 6 Jan. 2021 Soon after, eight men and trans women also shared stories of lewd behavior by Wang, according to Business of Fashion. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang Responds to Claims of Sexual Assault," 4 Jan. 2021 Though many consumers aren’t familiar with it, palm oil became ubiquitous nearly two decades ago after warnings about health risks associated with trans fats. oregonlive, "Child labor in palm oil industry tied to popular U.S. brands, including Girl Scout cookies," 30 Dec. 2020 Taylor-Klaus believes the industry must also give a platform to nonbinary and other lesbian, gay and trans creators. Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "Nonbinary characters had a landmark year on TV," 18 Dec. 2020 What is perhaps just as alarming is the fact that Gabbard may be the only (technical) Democrat to promote anti-trans legislation like this. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "For Her Final Act, Tulsi Gabbard Is Promoting A Bill That Threatens Trans Women In Sports," 11 Dec. 2020 Milton's sister, Ariel Mary Ann, who is also trans, tweeted using the hashtags, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackTransLivesMatter and #SayHerName. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Deadly year for trans community as Transgender Day of Remembrance marked," 19 Nov. 2020 Appearing in Playboy Mexico is particularly meaningful, Rocero said, as the country has the second highest rate of murders of trans women after Brazil. Dan Avery, NBC News, "Playboy Mexico puts first transgender model on the cover," 11 Nov. 2020 As the recent debate over J.K Rowling’s comments about trans women reveals, social media identity politics are even igniting culture wars among progressives. Bilal Qureshi, Washington Post, "The complicated, and sometimes surprising, global fight for LGBT rights," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trans. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for trans

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

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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