Chemistry: full meaning of "sis" and "trans"

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Chemistry: full meaning of "sis" and "trans"

Unread post by rakeen » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:56 am

does anyone know the full meaning of "sis" and "trans" which we use in nomenclature of organic compound?
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Re: Chemistry: full meaning of "sis" and "trans"

Unread post by amlansaha » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:15 pm

first of all it's "cis", not "sis".
"Cis-" as a prefix of Latin origin, meaning "on the same side [as]" or "on this side [of]", with several derived usages:

* In chemistry, cis- refers to cis-trans isomerism
* In molecular biology, cis- refers to cis-acting
* In gender studies, cis- refers to cisgender


Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across", "beyond" or "on the opposite side".

quoted from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cis , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans
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