meta-

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See also: meta, Meta, META, metá, méta, metà, mêta, and méta-

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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 19th century]
  2. (botany and zoology) Later or subsequent. [From 19th century]
  3. (obsolete, architecture and zoology) Situated between two segments. [From 19th century]
  4. (chemistry) Having fewer molecules of water than the ortho- equivalent. [From 19th century]
  5. (organic chemistry) in isomeric benzene derivatives, having the two substituents in alternate (1,3) positions; contrasted with ortho- and para-. [From 1833]
  6. (biochemistry) Relating to metabolism.
  7. (geology) Modified by metamorphosis.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from metaphysics.

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meta-

  1. Transcending, encompassing.
  2. Pertaining to a level above or beyond; reflexive; about itself or about other things of the same type. For example, metadata is data that describes data, metalanguage is language that describes language, etc. [From 17th century]
  3. Having analogies with metaphysics.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Back-formation from metamorphism.

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meta-

  1. (geology) Analogies and derivatives of metamorphism [From 19th century]
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Etymology 4[edit]

Back-formation from metastasis.

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meta-

  1. (pathology) Consequent on.
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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).

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meta-

  1. meta- (pertaining to a level above or beyond)
    meta- + ‎jazyk → ‎metajazyk

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Further reading[edit]

  • meta- in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • meta- in Slovník afixů užívaných v češtině, 2017

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmetɑ-/, [ˈme̞t̪ɑ-]

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meta-

  1. meta-

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmeta/, /ˈmɛta/
  • (file)

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meta-

  1. meta-

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Further reading[edit]

  • meta-” in Duden online
  • meta-” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɛtɒ]
  • Hyphenation: me‧ta

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meta-

  1. meta-

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  1. ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [mɛta]
  • Hyphenation: mè‧ta

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meta-

  1. meta-

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Category Indonesian words prefixed with meta- not found

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Italian[edit]

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meta-

  1. meta-

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛ.ta/
  • Rhymes: -ɛta
  • Syllabification: me‧ta

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meta-

  1. meta-
    meta- + ‎fizyka → ‎metafizyka

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Further reading[edit]

  • meta- in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μετά (metá).

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meta-

  1. meta-

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