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meta- or (before a vowel) met- combining form, denoting 1 a change • metabolism. 2 an area of study related to another subject of study, but going beyond it in some way • metalinguistics. 3 a position behind or beyond something • metacarpal. 4 chem a a derivative of, or an isomer or polymer of, a specified substance • metaldehyde; b an acid or hydroxide derived from the ortho- (sense 4b) form of a specified substance by loss of water molecules; c a benzene substitution product in which the substituted atoms or groups are attached to two carbon atoms which are themselves separated by one carbon atom.
ETYMOLOGY: From Greek meta among, with, beside or after.