Definition of meta- in English:

meta-

Syllabification: meta-
(also met- before a vowel or h)

combining form

  • 1Denoting a change of position or condition: metamorphosis metathesis
  • 2Denoting position behind, after, or beyond: metacarpus
  • 3Denoting something of a higher or second-order kind: metalanguage metonym
  • 4 Chemistry Denoting substitution at two carbon atoms separated by one other in a benzene ring, e.g., in 1,3 positions: metadichlorobenzene Compare with ortho- and para-1.
  • 5 Chemistry Denoting a compound formed by dehydration: metaphosphoric acid

Origin

from Greek meta 'with, across, after'.

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