Meaning of META- in English


in pronunciations below, | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷.|med.ə or |metə prefix

or met-

Etymology: New Latin & Medieval Latin, from Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin, from Greek, from meta between, with, after; akin to Old English mid, mith with, Old Saxon mid, midi, Old High German mit, miti with, Old Norse meth with, between, Gothic mith with, and perhaps to Old English midd mid — more at mid


a. : occurring later : in succession to : after

meta chronism

meta biosis

meta genesis

meta infective

b. : situated behind : posterior

meta pore

meta nephron

c. : later or more highly organized or specialized form of

Meta zoa

meta phyte

d. : with : occurring with

meta cinnabar



[Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin, from Greek, from meta ]

: change in : transformation of

meta morphosis

meta plasia

b. : produced by metamorphism

meta diorite

meta sediment



[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek meta after, as used in ta meta ta physika the (works) after the physics — more at metaphysics ]

: beyond : transcending

meta physics

meta psychosis

meta geometry

meta biological

met empirics

b. : of a higher logical type — in nouns formed from names of disciplines and designating new but related disciplines such as can deal critically with the nature, structure, or behavior of the original ones

meta language

meta theory

meta system


[International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek, with, after, from meta ]

a. : one that is isomeric with, polymeric with, or otherwise closely related to

met aldehyde

— in names of chemical compounds; compare para- I 2a


(1) : relation of two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom

(2) meta- , usually italic : derivative that has two substituting groups occupying such positions — abbr. m-

meta -xylene or m -xylene is 1,3-dimethyl-benzene

— compare orth- 3b, para- I 2b

c. : regarded as derived from (the ortho acid) by loss of water (as of one molecule of water from each molecule of acid) — in names of inorganic acids

meta phosphoric acid

— compare orth- 3a, pyr- 2a

d. : derived from by removal or loss of some or all of the contained water — in names of minerals

meta autunite

meta halloysite

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.