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

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Gutierrez makes a glorious claim for a trans goddess. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall," 18 July 2019 Pose‘s trio of leading ladies — Mj Rodriguez (Blanca Evangelista), Indya Moore (Angel Evangelista) and Dominique Jackson (Elektra Abundance) — all trans actresses — were very noticeably left out. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "'Pose' Trans Actresses Snubbed From Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 The statement struck a nerve for some, considering Johansson stepped down from a role as a transgender man in the movie Rub & Tug last summer amid calls for the character to be played by a trans actor. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Scarlett Johansson Claims Her Remark on Being 'Allowed to Play Any Person' Was 'Taken Out of Context'," 14 July 2019 Wednesday morning on Twitter, Indya Moore, who plays Angel, another trans performer on the show, offered more backstage insight into the scene’s recording. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: On Pose, the Past Is the Present," 11 July 2019 Later this summer, trans-bay buses will again arrive and depart, and in the years ahead, high-speed trains are planned to deliver commuters and visitors to the transit center’s rail platform on the bottom story of the structure. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "San Francisco's Massive Salesforce Transit Center Reopens After Cracked Beam Snafu," 1 July 2019 The Black Trans Travel Fund pays for rides for Black trans women in New York & New Jersey. Vogue, "Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson’s Fight to Free Incarcerated Trans Women of Color Is Far From Over," 29 June 2019 In addition to her defense of Navratilova and her skepticism of trans athletes who compete without gender reassignment, Richards does not believe in the gender fluidity at the core of the trans movement. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight," 28 June 2019 Dragun continued to document her trans journey, including surgeries, as well as sharing beauty tutorials. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Transgender people find a home on YouTube but challenges remain," 25 June 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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