(also met- before a vowel or h)
denoting a change of position or condition:
denoting position behind, after, or beyond:
denoting something of a higher or second-order kind:
denoting substitution at two carbon atoms separated by one other in a benzene ring, e.g., in 1,3 positions:
metadichlorobenzene. Compare with ortho- and para-1 .
denoting a compound formed by dehydration:
From the Greek meta
meaning ‘with’ or ‘after’, a prefix implying change and meaning ‘behind’, ‘after’, or ‘beyond’. The prefix may be attached to the name of any rock which has undergone metamorphism
. For instance, a basalt
which has been metamorphosed may be termed a metabasalt, and a pelitic rock (see PELITE
) which has suffered metamorphism may be termed a metapelite.
before a vowel usu. met-
, before h meth-
, repr. Gr. meta-
, comb. form of Gr. metá
with, after denoting chiefly sharing, joint action, pursuit, quest, (and esp.) change, corr. to L. TRANS-
; used freely (and not always in accordance with Gr. analogy) in scientific terms since c.
The Greek meta
, meaning ‘with’ or ‘after’, used as a prefix implying change and meaning ‘behind’, ‘after’, or ‘beyond’.