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para

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noun pa·ra \ˈpär-ə\

Definition of para

plural

paras

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para

  1. 1a :  any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empireb :  a coin representing one para

  2. 2 [Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish] — see dinar at money table

Origin and Etymology of para

Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


First Known Use: 1687


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para

abbreviation pa·ra

Definition of para


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para-

prefix pa·ra
variants: or

par-

Definition of para-

  1. 1 :  beside :  alongside of :  beyond :  aside from <parathyroid> <parenteral>

  2. 2a :  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. 3a :  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 pa·ra

Definition of para-

  1. :  parachute <paratrooper>

Origin and Etymology of para-

parachute


-para

noun combining form pa·ra

Definition of -para

plural

-paras

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-parae

  1. :  woman delivered of (so many) children <primipara>

Origin and Etymology of -para

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


Pará

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geographical name Pa·rá \pə-ˈrä\

Definition of Pará

  1. 1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon

  2. 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. 3 — see belém


PARA Defined for English Language Learners


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para-

prefix pa·ra

Definition of para- for English Language Learners

  • : beyond or outside of

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


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para-

combining form pa·ra

Definition of para- for English Language Learners

  • : parachute


Medical Dictionary

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para

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noun pa·ra \ˈpar-ə\

Medical Definition of para

plural

paras

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parae

\ˈpar-ˌē\play
  1. :  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

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adjective pa·ra \ˈpar-ə\

Medical Definition of para

  1. 1:  relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions


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