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trans

adjective
  1. transgender or transsexual: Their son is trans. Laura is a trans woman.
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noun
  1. a person who is transgender or transsexual.
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Origin of trans

by shortening

Usage note

Many transgender people prefer writing trans compounds as two words, as in trans man, trans woman, and trans person . When so written as an open compound with a space, trans functions as an adjective modifying a noun such as man. Spelling these words as closed or hyphenated compounds, as in transmale and trans-people, loses the distinction between trans as a descriptive adjective and man , woman , or person as a human being. Similarly, cis male and cis female are the preferred spelling of these terms.

trans.

trans-

  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (transcend; transfix); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin: transisthmian; trans-Siberian; transempirical; transvalue.
  2. Chemistry. a prefix denoting a geometric isomer having a pair of identical atoms or groups on the opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond.Compare cis-(def 2).
  3. Astronomy. a prefix denoting something farther from the sun (than a given planet): trans-Martian; trans-Neptunian.
  4. a prefix meaning “on the other side of,” referring to the misalignment of one’s gender identity with one's biological sex assigned at birth: transgender; transsexual.
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Origin of trans-

< Latin, combining form of trāns (adv. and preposition) across, beyond, through

in trans.

  1. in transit; en route.
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Origin of in trans.

From the Latin word in trānsitū
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British Dictionary definitions for trans

trans.

abbreviation for
  1. transaction
  2. transferred
  3. transitive
  4. translated
  5. translator
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trans-

sometimes before s- tran-

prefix
  1. across, beyond, crossing, on the other sidetransoceanic; trans-Siberian; transatlantic
  2. changing thoroughlytransliterate
  3. transcendingtransubstantiation
  4. transverselytransect
  5. (often in italics) indicating that a chemical compound has a molecular structure in which two groups or atoms are on opposite sides of a double bondtrans-butadiene Compare cis- (def. 2)
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Word Origin for trans-

from Latin trāns across, through, beyond
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Word Origin and History for trans

trans-

prefix meaning "across, beyond, to go beyond," from Latin trans-, from prep. trans "across, over, beyond," probably originally present participle of a verb *trare-, meaning "to cross" (see through).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

trans in Medicine

trans

(trăns, trănz)
adj.
  1. Having two genes, each carrying a mutation, located on opposite chromosomes of a homologous pair.
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trans-

pref.
  1. Across; on the other side; beyond:transilient.
  2. Through:transpiration.
  3. Change; transfer:transketolation.
  4. Having a pair of identical atoms on opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond. Used of a geometric isomer. Usually in italic:trans-butene.
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