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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

met•aˈmɛt ə(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or occupying positions (1, 3) in the benzene ring separated by one carbon atom.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare ortho 1 , para2 1 3 .

Origin of meta:

1875–80; independent use of meta -


  1. a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “after,”“along with,”“beyond,”“among,”“behind,” and productive in English on the Greek model:

    metacarpus; metalinguistics.

    Category: Affix

  2. a combining form used in the names of acids, salts, or their organic derivatives that are the least hydrated of a given series: meta-antimonic HSbO3. a combining form used in the names of benzene derivatives in which the substituting group occupies the meta position in the benzene ring.

    Category: Affix, Chemistry

    Ref: Compare ortho- (def. 2a), 2 2 1 pyro- (def. 2a). 2 2 1; Abbr.: m- 7; Also, esp. before a vowel, met-. 3

Origin of meta-:

< Gk, prefix and prep.


  1. meta-(Prefix)

    transcending, encompassing

  2. meta-(Prefix)

    Pertaining to a level above or beyond. For example, metadata is data that describes data, metalanguage is language that describes language, etc.

  3. Origin: From μετά.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meta-

    alt. of Met-


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