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cis/trans and z/e are interchangeable in concept regarding which side of the double bond each molecules rests on. However, they are not completely interchangeable in naming. It is important to note that cis/trans can ONLY be used when you are comparing 2 carbons and 2 hydrogens attached to the double bond, whereas Z/E can be used for any substituent, halogen, functional group, carbon chain, etc.
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