From the Latin preposition cis (“on this side of”). The earliest known sexuality-related use of the prefix in any language was in a 1914 German-language book on sexology. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest use of the prefix in the context of gender in English dates from 1994.
- (geography) On this side of.
- (chemistry) Forming names of chemical compounds in which two atoms or groups are situated on the same side of some plane of symmetry passing through the compound.
- (gender) Being, or pertaining to being, cis (cisgender or cissexual).
Usage notes Edit
- In the first sense, “on this side of”, this prefix is usually attached directly to the word it modifies, or sometimes separated from it by a hyphen: cisrhenane, cis-Neptunian.
- In the gender-related sense, this prefix is attached directly to certain words, most notably cisgender and cissexual (which are almost always spelled thus, not as e.g. *cis sexual). In other cases, the related standalone adjective cis is used: hence one speaks of a cis perspective (not *cisperspective), etc. Compare trans- and trans.
Derived terms Edit
- (cisgender, cissexual): cisman, ciswoman, cismale, cisfemale (more commonly spaced as cis man, etc.)
See also Edit
- ^ Ernst Burchard (1914) Lexikon des gesamten Sexuallebens (in German)1914, Ernst Burchard, Lexikon Des Gesamten Sexuallebens, Berlin, BV047570799, page 32:
- Cisvestitismus, die Neigung, die Kleidung einer anderen Altersstufe, Volks- oder Berufsklasse des gleichen Geschlechts zum Zwecke sexueller Entspannung anzulegen, dem Transvestitismus verwandt (s. Verkleidungstrieb).
- Cisvestism, the tendency to don the clothes of a different age group, ethnic group, or profession of the same sex for the purpose of sexual relaxation, related to transvestism (see disguise instinct).
- ^ “New words notes December 2015 – Oxford English Dictionary”, in (please provide the title of the work), accessed 7 November 2017, archived from the original on 2017-11-29
Further reading Edit
- cis- (all senses)