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para

noun pa·ra \ ˈpär-ə \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of para

plural paras or para
1 a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
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[Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish]
— see dinar at Money Table

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Origin and Etymology of para

Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


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para

abbreviation

Definition of para


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para-

prefix
variants: or par-

Definition of para-

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from
  • parathyroid
  • parenteral
2 a : closely related to
  • paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
  • paradichlorobenzene
3 a : faulty : abnormal
  • paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity
  • paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost
  • paratyphoid

Origin and Etymology of para-

Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for


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para-

combining form

Definition of para-

: parachute
  • paratrooper

Origin and Etymology of para-

parachute


-para

noun combining form

Definition of -para

plural -paras or -parae
: woman delivered of (so many) children
  • primipara

Origin and Etymology of -para

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare


Pará

geographical name Pa·rá \ pə-ˈrä \

Definition of Pará

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

PARA Defined for English Language Learners

para-

prefix

Definition of para- for English Language Learners

  • : beyond or outside of

  • : helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training


para-

combining form

Definition of para- for English Language Learners

  • : parachute


Medical Dictionary

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para

noun \ ˈpar-ə \

medical Definition of para

plural paras or parae play \ˈpar-ˌē\
: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number
  • multipara
  • a 36-year-old para 5
— compare gravida

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para

adjective \ ˈpar-ə \

medical Definition of para

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions

para-

prefix \ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə \
variants: or par-

medical Definition of para-

1 : closely related to
  • paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
  • paradichlorobenzene
abbreviation p- — compare meta- 2, orth- 2

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