Meaning of META- in English

META-

(also met- before a vowel or h)

■ combining form

1》 denoting a change of position or condition: metamorphosis.

2》 denoting position behind, after, or beyond: metacarpus.

3》 denoting something of a higher or second-order kind: metalanguage.

4》 Chemistry denoting substitution at two carbon atoms separated by one other in a benzene ring: metadichlorobenzene. Compare with ortho- and para- 1 .

Origin

from Gk meta 'with, across, or after'.

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