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 Many trans youth lack supportive family, a fact that underlies higher rates of homelessness and depression. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 In 1991, Boys Don’t Cry was the first mainstream film to feature a trans man at the center. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 May 2022 Lawmakers in Texas made national headlines in February after Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s Child Protective Services agency to investigate parents who were suspected of providing their trans children with gender-affirming care. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 4 May 2022 The Zar trans religious ceremony, which uses drumming and dancing to cure an illness thought to be caused by a demon, is most prominent in southern Egypt and is practiced further south into the Sudan, though it may be performed anywhere in Egypt. Nic Robertson, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Palm oil is also free from trans fats, so many manufacturers pitch it as a healthier alternative to butter and other fatty food additives. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2022 An even deeper dive could reveal how those investments elevated Black women; Black, Brown, Asian or Indigenous creatives; athletes with disabilities; non-binary or trans athletes; or other historically underrepresented groups. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Featuring the first trans actress to be nominated for an acting award in the U.S., her powerful performance tackles difficult subjects with strength. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 The non-binary and trans community has [three to] six times a higher rate of neurodivergence [than cisgender folks do]. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trans

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for trans

Adjective

(sense 1) by shortening of transgender or transsexual; (senses 2-3) from the prefix 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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10 May 2022

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“Trans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trans. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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