meta-

prefix
variants: or met-

Definition of meta-

1 a :occurring later than or in succession to :after
  • metestrus
b :situated behind or beyond
  • metencephalon
  • metacarpus
c :later or more highly organized or specialized form of
  • metaxylem
2 :change :transformation
  • metaplasia
3
[metaphysics]
:more comprehensive :transcending
  • metapsychological
usually used with the name of a discipline to designate a new but related discipline designed to deal critically with the original one
  • metamathematics
4 a :involving substitution at or characterized by two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom
  • meta-xylene
b :derived from by loss of water
  • metaphosphoric acid

Origin and Etymology of meta-

New Latin & Medieval Latin, from Latin or Greek; Latin, from Greek, among, with, after, from meta among, with, after; akin to Old English mid, mith with, Old High German mit


Meta

geographical name Me·ta \ ˈmā-tä \

Definition of Meta

river over 620 miles (995 kilometers) long in northeastern Colombia flowing into the Orinoco River on the Venezuela–Colombia boundary

META- Defined for English Language Learners

meta-

prefix

Definition of meta- for English Language Learners

  • : change

  • : more than : beyond


Medical Dictionary

meta

adjective \ ˈmet-ə \

medical Definition of meta

:relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom

meta-

prefix
variants: or met-

medical Definition of meta-

1 :isomeric with or otherwise closely related to
  • metaldehyde
2 :involving substitution at or characterized by two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom abbreviation m-
  • meta-xylene or m-xylene
— compare orth- 2, para- 2

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