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hyper- repr. comb. form of Gr. hupér prep. and adv. ‘over’, ‘above’, ‘overmuch’, ‘above measure’. Among the older comps. are: hyperbaton (rhet.) inversion of logical or natural order. XVI. — L. — Gr. hupérbaton, n. of hupérbatos ‘overstepping’. hyperbola (geom.) conic section having two equal and similar infinite branches, so called because it has an eccentricity greater than unity. XVII. modL. — Gr. huperbolé, f. huperbállein exceed, f. bāllein throw. hyperbole (rhet.) exaggerated statement. XVI. — L. — Gr. (see prec.).
So hyperbolic XVI, hyperbolical XV. hyperborean pert. to the extreme north. XVI. — late L. hyperboreānus, f. L. hyperboreus — Gr. huperbóreos, hypercritical XVII. hyperdulia (theol.) superior veneration as paid to the Virgin Mary. XVI. — medL. hypertrophy (path.) excessive enlargement. XIX. modL., f. Gr. -trophíā, trophé nourishment.

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hyper- • prefix 1. over; beyond; above: hypernym. ∎  exceeding: hypersonic. ∎  excessively; above normal: hyperthyroidism. 2. relating to hypertext: hyperlink.

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hyper- From the Greek huper, meaning ‘beyond’ or ‘over’, a prefix meaning ‘exceeding’ or ‘greater than normal’.

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hyper- From the Greek huper meaning ‘beyond’ or ‘over’, a prefix meaning ‘exceeding’ or ‘greater than normal’.

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hyper- prefix denoting
1. excessive; abnormally increased.

2. (in anatomy) above.

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hyper‐ Prefix meaning above the normal range, or abnormally high.

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hyper- A prefix denoting over, above, high; e.g. hyperpolarization.