[ tran-sekt ]
/ trænˈsɛkt /

verb (used with object)

to cut across; dissect transversely.

Nearby words

  1. transducer,
  2. transducer cell,
  3. transductant,
  4. transduction,
  5. transe,
  6. transection,
  7. transelement,
  8. transelementate,
  9. transempirical,
  10. transenna

Origin of transect

1625–35; tran(s)- + Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever (see section)

Related formstran·sec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transection


verb (trænˈsɛkt)

(tr) to cut or divide crossways

noun (ˈtrænsɛkt)

a sample strip of land used to monitor plant distribution, animal populations, etc, within a given area
Derived Formstransection, noun

Word Origin for transect

C17: from Latin trans- + secāre to cut

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Word Origin and History for transection



"to cut across," 1630s, from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + sectus, past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for transection


[ trăn-sĕkshən ]


A cross section along a long axis.
Division by cutting across.

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