Definition of para- in English:


Syllabification: para-
(also par-)


  • 1Beside; adjacent to: parameter parataxis parathyroid
  • 1.1 Medicine Denoting a disordered function or faculty: paresthesia
  • 1.2Distinct from, but analogous to: paramilitary paraphrase paratyphoid
  • 1.3Beyond: paradox paranormal parapsychology
  • 1.4Subsidiary; assisting: paramedic paraprofessional
  • 2 Chemistry Denoting substitution at diametrically opposite carbon atoms in a benzene ring, e.g., in 1, 4 positions: paradichlorobenzene Compare with meta- and ortho-.


from Greek para 'beside'; in combinations often meaning 'amiss, irregular' and denoting alteration or modification.

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