Meta is a prefix that means transcending, more comprehensive or a higher level of abstraction.

The prefix comes from the Greek preposition and prefix meta- (μετα-), which meant "after", "beside", "with", "among", "beyond", "adjacent" and "self".

 

 

 

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Metaphysics is an abstract theory with no basis in reality.

Metalanguage is a language operating on a higher level to describe properties of the plain language.

Metamorphosis is a transformation into a different physical form.

Metastasis is a pathogenic agent's spread from an initial or primary site to a different or secondary site within the host's body.