Meaning of PARA- in English

I. prefix

or par-

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, from Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before, ahead — more at for


a. : beside : alongside of

para central

para biosis

para synapsis

b. : parallel

para heliotropism

c. : parasitic

para zoon

d. : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity

para military

e. : closely resembling the true form : almost — especially in names of diseases

para typhoid


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

par aldehyde

para casein

para periodic acid

— compare meta- 4a


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

(2) para- , usually italic : a derivative in which two substituting groups occupy such positions — abbr. p-

para -xylene or p -xylene is 1,4-dimethyl-benzene

— compare meta- 4b, orth- 3b

3. : beyond : outside of

par enteral


a. : faulty, irregular, or disordered condition : abnormal

para lexia

para noia

para phrenia

b. : perversion

para bulia

para canthosis

c. : abortive

para carpium

para style

5. : derived from an original sediment — in the name of a metamorphic rock

para gneiss

— compare orth-

II. combining form

Etymology: parachute

1. : specially trained or equipped for descent by parachute from airplanes

para bomb

para marine

para trooper

2. : of, by, or in defense against armed parachutists

para spotter

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