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transverse

adjective trans·verse \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs , tranz- , ˈtran(t)s-ˌ , ˈtranz-ˌ \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of transverse

1 : acting, lying, or being across : set crosswise
2 : made at right angles to the long axis of the body
  • a transverse section

transversely

adverb

Examples of transverse in a Sentence

  1. The surgeon made a transverse incision across her abdomen.

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Origin and Etymology of transverse

Middle English, from Latin transversus, from trans- + -versus (as in adversus adverse)

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transverse

noun trans·verse \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌvərs , ˈtranz- \

Definition of transverse

: something (such as a piece, section, or part) that is transverse

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First Known Use of transverse

15th century


TRANSVERSE Defined for English Language Learners

transverse

adjective

Definition of transverse for English Language Learners

  • : lying or made across something


TRANSVERSE Defined for Kids

transverse

adjective trans·verse \ trans-ˈvərs \

Definition of transverse for Students

: lying or being across : placed crosswise

transversely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

transverse

adjective trans·verse \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs , tranz- , ˈtran(t)s-ˌ , ˈtranz-ˌ \

medical Definition of transverse

1 : acting, lying, or being across : set crosswise
2 : made at right angles to the long axis of the body
  • a transverse section

transversely

adverb


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