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See also: meta, Meta, META, metá, méta, metà, mêta, and méta-

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Etymology 1Edit

From Ancient Greek μετα- (meta-), from μετά (metá), from Mycenaean Greek 𐀕𐀲 (me-ta), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *meth₂ (in the middle).

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meta-

  1. (anatomy and zoology) Behind [From 19th century]
  2. (botany and zoology) Later or subsequent [From 19th century]
  3. (obsolete, architecture and zoology) Situated between two segments [From 19th century]
  4. (chemistry) Having fewer molecules of water than the ortho- equivalent [From 19th century]
  5. (organic chemistry) in isomeric benzene derivatives, having the two substituents in alternate positions; contrasted with ortho- and para- [From 1833]
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Etymology 2Edit

Back-formation from metaphysics.

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meta-

  1. transcending, encompassing
  2. Pertaining to a level above or beyond. For example, metadata are data that describes data, metalanguage is language that describes language, etc. [From 17th century]
  3. Having analogies with metaphysics
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Etymology 3Edit

Back-formation from metamorphism.

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meta-

  1. (geology) Analogies and derivatives of metamorphism [From 19th century]
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Etymology 4Edit

Back-formation from metastasis.

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meta-

  1. (pathology) Consequent on
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meta-

  1. meta-

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek μετά (metá).

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meta-

  1. meta-

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