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

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 There’s a lot of research that shows that delaying treatment for trans people increases levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. NBC News, "Trans surgeries postponed indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic," 25 Mar. 2020 Thankfully, my connection to other trans people isn’t just virtual. Sam Kiss, Teen Vogue, "Following Trans People on Instagram Helped Me Accept Myself," 31 Jan. 2020 As of 2019, there are an estimated 500,000 trans people in India—a minuscule share of the country’s 1.3 billion population. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Butterfly wants to give India’s trans community a dating app that puts them first," 7 Jan. 2020 Another part of the bill being protested is a clause that seemingly pushes trans people into residing with their biological families or be moved to rehabilitation homes. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "A bill meant to protect India’s transgender community instead leaves them angry and aggrieved," 30 Nov. 2019 Yet some women’s organisations argue that the new guidelines uphold trans people’s rights at the expense of those of girls. The Economist, "Transgender rules for English schools face a backlash from women," 3 Oct. 2019 Arquette paid tearful tribute to her late trans sister Alexis Arquette during her acceptance speech at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday night, urging an end to persecution of trans people, and asking those in the theater to give them work. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘Chernobyl’’ has won the Emmy Award for best limited series.," 23 Sep. 2019 At least give us a chance to show the incredibly talented pool of trans people whether as directors, actors, producers, writers and the whole spectrum of artistic expression. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Model Geena Rocero Is ‘Honored’ to Be Named Playboy’s First Transgender Asian Pacific Islander Playmate," 23 Aug. 2019 That has opened the door for a major backlash directed mainly at trans people that could end up rolling back legal rights even for LGB people. Katelyn Burns, Vox, "The LGBTQ civil rights fight is far from over," 17 July 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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Last Updated

30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trans. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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

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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