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

Examples of trans in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rowling has been at odds with many in the LGBTQ community for her views on trans people, which some have called transphobic. NBC News, 19 Jan. 2022 Rowling continues to come under fire for the statements on trans people she's made over the years. Nick Romano, EW.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui has its shortcomings as well - too convenient and unrealistic a resolution and taking shortcuts around most struggles of trans people in the Indian society, to name a few. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 In positions of serious vulnerability, trans people are more likely to take low-wage jobs and put up with harassment and discrimination, said Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Suhauna Hussain Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Dave Chappelle generated loads of controversy recently with his jokes about trans people in his new Netflix special. Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2021 Many young trans people, particularly those considering taking hormones, experience anxieties over how their speaking voice will change. Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 24 Oct. 2021 There were 44 killings of trans people in 2020, according to the Human Rights Watch. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Eeesh, another week, another grueling assault on trans people, this time streaming straight out of Netflix towers. Raven Smith, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Trans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trans. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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

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 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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