Definition of meta- in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtə/
(also met- before a vowel or h)


1Denoting a change of position or condition: metamorphosis
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 (sense 2).
5 Chemistry Denoting a compound formed by dehydration: metaphosphoric acid


From Greek meta 'with, across, or after'.

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