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

b : transsexual

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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The average life expectancy of a trans person is 35, gay conversion therapy is still legal in 37 states, and homosexual relationships are still banned in 74 countries. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Problem With the 'Rainbow-Washing' of LGBTQ+ Pride," 21 June 2018 Not every trans person experiences dysphoria, but many do need medical interventions to start feeling comfortable in their bodies. refinery29.com, "The World Health Organization Just Made A Huge Change For Transgender People," 19 June 2018 Even worse, the life expectancy for Black trans women is just 35-years-old. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "Ashlee Marie Preston Honors Murdered Trans Women On Her Birthday With Bold New Campaign," 14 June 2018 Most of its action is set among the members of House of Evangelista, centered on Blanca Rodriguez (M.J. Rodriguez), a trans woman who forms her own house and subsequently takes in a motley crew of younger trans women and gay men. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "FX’s Pose turns ’80s gay and trans culture into a heartfelt celebration of found families," 1 June 2018 Although the transgender movement has made major waves in Hollywood in the past several years, the men who love trans women have stayed mostly invisible. Diana Tourjée, Time, "Pose Shines a Revolutionary Spotlight on Trans Lives," 31 May 2018 But, as Charlene pointed out, doing drag as a trans person isn't something new to the scene. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Dear RuPaul: Drag Was Founded By Trans Women," 6 Mar. 2018 The medical healthcare Caitlyn Jenner has had access to is very unusual for a trans person. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "'Transparent' Producer Rhys Ernst on the Problem of "Transplaining"," 20 Aug. 2015 All foods are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, other artificial additives and GMO’s, according to the eatery. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "CoreLife Eatery brings fresh, healthy food options to Hyde Park," 10 July 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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