Mega- (prefix)

The combining form "mega-" comes from the Greek "megas", great or big and means abnormally large. Megalocephaly is too large a head. Megacardia is too large a heart. Megacolon is too large a colon.

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  • mega- — [megə] prefix JOURNALISM very big or very important: • Three bank mega mergers have been announced in the last two months. • We are not looking for huge mega returns on our investment. • That s the mega decision the president has to make. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Mega Man (character) — Mega Man Mega Man in Mega Man 9 Series Mega Man series First game Mega Man (19 …   Wikipedia

  • Mega — or MEGA may refer to: Contents 1 Science 2 Television 3 Radio 4 …   Wikipedia

  • mega- — a prefix meaning ‘great’, continues to be used in scientific and technical applications, often with the specific meaning ‘denoting a factor of one million’ (as in the computing unit megabyte and in the statistical term megadeath denoting the… …   Modern English usage

  • mega- — before vowels meg , prefix often meaning large, great, but in precise scientific language one million (megaton, megawatt, etc.), from Gk. megas great, large, vast, big, high, tall; mighty, important (fem. megale), from PIE *meg great (Cf. L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mega- — [meg′ə] [Gr mega < megas, great, mighty: see MUCH] combining form 1. large, great, powerful [megacephalic, megaphone] 2. one million; the factor 106 [megahertz, megaton]: Also, before a vowel, prefix combining form meg …   English World dictionary

  • mega- — [megə] prefix [: Greek; Origin: megas large ] 1.) [in nouns] a million used with units of measurement ▪ 1000 megawatts of electricity 2.) informal extremely ▪ Her family is megarich! 3.) very big ▪ a megastore …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mega- — [ megə ] prefix 1. ) very large: used with some nouns: Cruise is now a megastar. 2. ) one million: used with some units of measurement: a 2000 megawatt power plant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mega —  Prefix meaning one million. A megabyte in computing is a million bytes (or a thousand kilobytes) …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • mega- —    Prefix meaning 106 units (symbol M). 1 megagram = 1,000,000 grams …   Forensic science glossary

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