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trans- +‎ -phobia or trans +‎ -phobia.


transphobia (plural transphobias)

  1. Fear or hatred of transsexuality or transgenderism, or of trans individuals.
    • 1998, Kate Bornstein, My Gender Workbook:
      It is not really a debate about privacy and personal safety versus politics, so much as an impulse towards pride and a rejection of internalized transphobia.
    • 2006, Susan Stryker, Stephen Whittle, The Transgender Studies Reader:
      In this case, transphobia is represented in Pollock's terms as both the "condition and the effect" of Cameron's social existence.
  2. (chemistry) The preference of pairs of high-trans effect soft ligands to avoid being mutually trans by becoming cis and having other low-trans effect hard ligands trans to themselves.
    • 2002 December 2, José Vicente, Aurelia Arcas, Delia Bautista, M. Carmen Ramı́rez de Arellano, Mono- and di-nuclear complexes of ortho-palladated and -platinated 4,4′-dimethylazobenzene with bis(diphenylphosphino)methane. More data on transphobia. in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, volume 663, issues 1-2, pages 164–172:
      This unusual reactivity and the selectivity observed can be explained as a consequence of the high transphobia of aryl and P-donor ligands []
    • 2009, José Vicente, Coordination chemistry of metal enolato complexes, in The chemistry of metal enolates, edited by Jacob Zabicky, page 316:
      The reactions of trans-[Pt(Mef)Br(PPh3)2] with AgBF4 and Ph3ECHC(O)R (E = P, R = Me, OMe, Ph; E = As, R = Me) afford only trans-[Pt(Mef){OC(=CHEPh3)R}(PPh3)2] because the C-alkyl/C-ylide transphobia is greater than the C-alkyl/O-ylide transphobia and also because of the lower steric requirement of the O-ylide ligand.
    • 2014, Robert H. Crabtree, The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals (ISBN 1118788249), page 78:
      In the symbiotic effect, a hard ligand tends to form ionic M-L bonds in which L retains more negative charge than in a soft ligand case, letting the metal ion keep more of its positive charge and hence attract additional hard ligands, [] . The antisymbiotic effect, also called transphobia, applies to pairs of high trans effect, soft ligands on a soft metal. Where a choice exists, there is a strong tendency for such ligands to avoid being mutually trans by becoming cis and preferring to have low trans effect, hard ligands trans to themselves.

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