American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Later in time: metestrus.
- At a later stage of development: metanephros.
- Situated behind: metacarpus.
- Change; transformation: metachromatism.
- Alternation: metagenesis.
- Beyond; transcending; more comprehensive: metalinguistics.
- At a higher state of development: metazoan.
- Having undergone metamorphosis: metasomatic.
- Derivative or related chemical substance: metaprotein.
- Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups, in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by one unsubstituted carbon atom: meta-dibromobenzene.
- transcending, encompassing
- Pertaining to a level above or beyond. For example, metadata is data that describes data, metalanguage is language that describes language, etc.
- Having analogies with metaphysics
- pathology Consequent on
- Later or subsequent
- geology Analogies and derivatives of metamorphism
- chemistry Having fewer molecules of water than the ortho- equivalent
- chemistry in isomeric benzene derivatives, having the two substituents in alternate positions; contrasted with ortho- and para-
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix meaning between, with, after, behind, over, about, reversely
- Other; duplicate, corresponding to; resembling; hence, metameric.
- (Organic Chem.) That two replacing radicals, in the benzene nucleus, occupy the
relative positionsof 1 and 3, 2 and 4, 3 and 5, 4 and 6, 5 and 1, or 6 and 2; See Ortho-, and Para-.
- (Inorganic Chem.) Having less than the highest number of hydroxyl groups; -- said of acids. Also used adjectively.
- A prefix meaning at a level above, as in
- From Ancient Greek μετά (meta). (Wiktionary)
- Greek, from meta, beside, after. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Apparently the vagus nerve is sort of a meta- nerve that transits much of the longitudinal axis of the body.”
“It's an exercise in meta- and all the other pseudo-intellectual, self-referential terms that critics toss around when a movie isn't actually about anything.”
“The prefix meta- means “higher” or “more comprehensive.””
“The extreme bending of light that makes spatial cloaking possible requires optical meta- materials made through nanotechnology.”
“The increase in the risk of cancer was based on a meta- analysis of the 26 epidemiological studies.”
“Because I am fascinated by form and the various funny meta- languages it can speak in a poem, I’ve always found a natural ars poetica in the practice of yoga.”
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