meta-

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See also: metà, meta, and Meta

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετα- ‎(meta-), from μετά ‎(metá), from Mycenaean Greek 𐀕𐀲 ‎(me-ta), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *meth₂ ‎(in the middle).

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meta-

  1. (anatomy and zoology) Behind [From XIX C.]
  2. (botany and zoology) Later or subsequent [From XIX C.]
  3. (obsolete, architecture and zoology) Situated between two segments [From XIX C.]
  4. (chemistry) Having fewer molecules of water than the ortho- equivalent [From XIX C.]
  5. (organic chemistry) in isomeric benzene derivatives, having the two substituents in alternate positions; contrasted with ortho- and para- [From 1833]

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from metaphysics.

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meta-

  1. transcending, encompassing
  2. Pertaining to a level above or beyond. For example, metadata is data that describes data, metalanguage is language that describes language, etc. [From XVII C.]
  3. Having analogies with metaphysics

Etymology 3[edit]

Back-formation from metamorphism.

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meta-

  1. (geology) Analogies and derivatives of metamorphism [From XIX C.]

Etymology 4[edit]

Back-formation from metastasis.

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meta-

  1. (pathology) Consequent on

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Italian[edit]

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meta-

  1. meta-

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετά ‎(metá).

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meta-

  1. meta-

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