meta-, met-, meth-

(Greek: after, behind, beyond; changed in form, altered; higher [used to designate a higher degree of a branch of science])

A variety of applications that include the following:

  • later, behind; as in: metaphase, metathorax
  • beyond, transcending, encompassing; as in: metagalaxy, metalanguage
  • change, transformation; as in: metaplasia
  • higher, more developed; as in: metaxylem
  • used in chemical names; as in: metaphosphate
acrometagenesis
Undue, or abnormal, growth of the extremities (hands or feet) resulting in deformity.
allochemical metamorphism
Metamorphism accompanied by addition or removal of material so that the bulk chemical composition of the rock is changed.
atmometamorphism
The transformation of the shape or the structure of aqueous vapor, moisture, or steam in the air.
brachymetapody
Apparent shortness of toes or fingers resulting from shortness or hypoplasia of the metacarpals or metatarsals.
digitometatarsal
A reference to the toes and the metatarsus.
ectrometacarpia
The developmental absence of one or more metacarpal bones.
ectrometatarsia
A developmental absence of one or more metatarsal bones.
emetatrophia
1. Loss of weight resulting from persistent vomiting.
2. Atrophy or wasting due to persistent vomiting.
entometatarse
Eumetazoa
A taxon erected to contain all metazoa except Porifera.

Porifera: that phylum of the animal kingdom which contains the sponges.

In general they consist of aggregates of cells, mostly choanocytes, which often line canals and chambers usually supported by a skeleton of fibers or spicules

halometaboly
heterometabolic
Having a pattern of development exhibiting an incomplete metamorphosis.
heterometaplasia
1. A tissue transformation resulting in the development of tissue from cells that normally produce a different type of tissue.
2. Development of tissue into a variety foreign to the part where it is produced.
holometabolic
holometabolism