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me•ta



Pronunciation: (mē'tu), [key]
n.,
pl. -taePronunciation: (-tē). [key]

(in ancient Rome) a column or post, or a group of columns or posts, placed at each end of a racetrack to mark the turning places.

met•a



Pronunciation: (met'u), [key]
adj. Chem.
pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 3) in the benzene ring that are separated by one carbon atom. Cf. ortho, para 3.See diag. under ortho.

Me•ta



Pronunciation: (mē'tu), [key]
n.
a female given name.

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; metagenesis; metalinguistics.
2. Chem.
a. (of acids, salts, or their organic derivatives) a prefix denoting the least hydrated of a series: meta-antimonic, HSbO3; meta-antimonous, HSbO2. Cf. ortho-, pyro-.
b. a prefix designating the meta position in the benzene ring. Abbr.: m-. Cf. ortho-, para- 1. Also, esp. before a vowel,met-.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

metmetabiosis

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