mer-, mero-, meri-, -mer, -merous, -mere, -meric, -meristic +

(Greek: part, partial, referring to parts; segment; incomplete)

meromictic
A description of a lake that is permanently stratified due to the presence of a density gradient (pycnocline) resulting from chemical stratification.
meromictic lake
A stratified lake that does not undergo a complete mixing of its water during periods of circulation; especially, a lake in which the noncirculating bottom layer does not mix with the circulating upper layer.
meromorphosis
The partial regeneration of a lost body part.
meromyosin
Fragments of myosin (protein in muscle) formed by trypsin digestion (pancreatic enzyme that digests proteins).
meronecrobiosis
1. The normal degeneration and death of living cells; a normal mechanism in the constant turnover of many cell populations.
2. Dermatosis characterized by patchy degeneration of the elastic and connective tissue of the skin with degenerated collagen occurring in irregular patches, especially in the dermis.
meronecrosis
1. The partial death of cells in a tissue or organ caused by disease or injury.
2. Death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area, or part, of the body.
meronekon
Partial swimmers or passing only part of the life-cycle swimming.
meronym
1. A word that refers to a part of what another word refers to; such as, in the relationship between leg and ankle, "ankle" is a meronym; in the relationship between brim and hat, "brim" is a meronym; and "finger" is a meronym of hand because a finger is part of a hand; and "sleeve" and "cuff" are meronyms of shirt.
2. A term midway between two opposites; for example, "flat" between convex and concave; as well as, "present" between past and future.
meroparasite
A partial or facultative (adapting to different conditions) parasite that can survive in the absence of the host.
meropelagic
1. A reference to organisms that are only temporary members of the pelagic community.
2. The pelagic larval stages of certain benthic marine organisms that are only temporary members of the plankton community.
meropia
Loss of sight in one or more meridians of the visual field.
meroplankton
1. Organisms in marine coastal areas that spend only part of their life cycle as plankton, being at other times benthic dwellers.
2. Passing only part of the life-cycle drifting or swimming weakly in water.
merorachischisis
Rachischisis (congenital defect in which a vertebra is malformed) limited to a short segment, or part, of the spinal cord.
merorhachischisis
Fissure of a portion of the spinal cord.
merosmia
1. A condition in which the perception of certain odors is lacking; analogous to color blindness.
2. A partial anosmia, with certain odors not being perceived.
3. A disturbance of olfaction in which the patient claims to be able to smell some odors but not others.