Definition of para- in English:


(also par-)


  • 1Beside; adjacent to: parataxis parathyroid
  • 1.1Beyond or distinct from, but analogous to: paramilitary paratyphoid
  • 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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