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
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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All five trans actors will be playing trans characters. refinery29.com, "Meet The Boundary Breaking Cast Of Pose," 31 May 2018 Cathalina Christina James, 24, a black trans woman, was shot in Jacksonville, Florida. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "22 Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 With the series' sixth episode, the show continues to make history, with Janet Mock becoming the first trans woman of color to produce, write and direct a primetime television show. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Why 'Pose' Didn't Receive Any Emmy Award Nominations," 12 July 2018 According to a 2014 study, the average life expectancy of a trans woman in the Americas is 30–35 years. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 After recovering from alcoholism and a heart attack, Lord, a retired furniture upholsterer, today lives openly as a trans woman in senior housing in Braintree. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Gay boomers look ahead to an old age colored by uncertainty and the help of friends," 9 June 2018 Janet Mock, one of Pose’s writers, also makes history as the first trans woman of color hired as a writer on a TV show. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Janet Mock on Making History With Pose," 4 June 2018 In the past, Cox, 45, has found the dating scene difficult as a trans woman. Jamie Spain, PEOPLE.com, "Laverne Cox Gushes Over Boyfriend She Met on Tinder: 'It’s Really Dumb Luck That We Met'," 16 Apr. 2018 Janet Mock is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote Redefining Realness, a memoir detailing [HER?] life as a young trans woman. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Meet The 10 Activists Who Joined Andra Day and Common On Stage at the Oscars," 5 Mar. 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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