trans

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

Examples of trans in a Sentence

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In June 2015, it was revealed that trans celebrity Caitlyn Jenner underwent ten hours of FFS. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 In 2016, the Obama administration lifted a long-standing ban on trans people serving in the military. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Supreme Court Allows Trump's Transgender Military Ban to Go Into Effect Temporarily," 22 Jan. 2019 But with the increasing visibility of trans people in the media come pitfalls. Charlie Jane Anders, Teen Vogue, "7 Trans Performers Share the Challenges They Still Face and Their Hopes for the Future," 17 Dec. 2018 Roxsana, a trans woman, had been fleeing violence in home country of Honduras. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "Roxsana Hernández, a 33-Year-Old Honduran Trans Woman, Died in ICE Custody Amid Concerns She Was Abused," 4 Dec. 2018 Upstarts like Universal Standard’s Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman, who put a trans woman in their Foundation campaign and whose pieces sell in sizes from 00 to 40. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“We’re Nobody’s Third Love, We’re Their First Love”—The Architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Are Still Banking on Bombshells," 8 Nov. 2018 Tambor played a trans woman in Transparent, while Huffman starred in the movie Transamerica. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws from Her Controversial Role as a Trans Man Following Backlash," 13 July 2018 Other stories in the issue include a roundtable with trans actors on discrimination and a feature on Caitlyn Jenner’s efforts to combat Trump on trans rights. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Variety dedicates its latest issue to trans representation in Hollywood," 7 Aug. 2018 As a trans man, this discovery was crucial to Hobrecker. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Brooklyn Tattooer Mars Hobrecker on Why Tattoos Don't Have to Have Meaning," 26 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.

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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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