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meta-

(met'ă),
In medicine and biology, a prefix denoting the concept of after, subsequent to, behind, or hindmost. Compare: post-.
[G. after, between, over]

meta-

(met'ă),
1. chemistry prefix denoting joint, action sharing.
2. chemistry prefix denoting a compound formed by two substitutions in the benzene ring separated by one carbon atom, for example, linked to the first and third, second and fourth., carbon atoms of the ring. For terms beginning with meta- or m-, see the specific name.
[G. after, between, over]

meta-

1. Combining form denoting after, subsequent to, behind, or hindmost.
Compare: post-
2. chemistry An italicized prefix denoting joint, action sharing.
3. chemistry An italicized prefix denoting compound formed by two substitutions in the benzene ring separated by one carbon atom (i.e., linked to the first and third, second and fourth) carbon atoms of the ring.
Synonym(s): m-.
[G. after, between, over]

meta-

prefix denoting
  1. after (as in metathorax).
  2. change (as in metamorphosis).

meta-

In medicine and biology, a prefix denoting the concept of after, subsequent to, behind, or hindmost.
[G. after, between, over]
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(2) In formal logic this seems fair enough but, facilitated by what may be called real-life language users, the expression meta- appears to have spread in an out-of-control fashion, as is demonstrated by the Wikipedia entry:
"Meta (from the Greek preposition and prefix meta- ([phrase omitted]) meaning "after", or "beyond") is a prefix used in English to indicate a concept which is an abstraction behind another concept, used to complete or add to the latter."
This seems to have happened to the prefix meta- in the word meta trend.