- An example of para is parathyroid.
- An example of para is paranormal.
- An example of para is paralegal.
Origin of paraTurkish ; from Persian p?rah, a piece, fragment
- by the side of, beside, by, past, to one side, aside from, amiss: parathyroid, parasite
- beyond: paranormal
- subsidiary to: paralegal, paramilitary
- an isomer, modification, polymer, derivative, etc. of (a specified substance): paraformaldehyde
- characterized by substitutions in the 1, 4 position (opposite sides) in the benzene ring: usually italicized and hyphenated in chemical names: para-aminobenzoic acid
- in a secondary or accessory capacity: parahormone
- functionally disordered, abnormal: paramnesia
- like or resembling: paratyphoid
- Nuclear Physics the form of diatomic molecules in which nuclei have antiparallel spins: parahydrogen
Origin of para-Classical Greek para- ; from para, at the side of, alongside ; from Indo-European an unverified form pera-, variant, variety of an unverified form per-, a going beyond from source far, fore
Origin of para-French ; from Italian para, imperative of parare, to ward off ; from Classical Latin parare, prepare protection of or against: parados
Origin of para-< para(chute) using a parachute: pararescue
- Beside; near; alongside: parathyroid.
- Beyond: paranormal.
- Incorrect; abnormal: paresthesia.
- Similar to; resembling: paratyphoid fever.
- Subsidiary; assistant: paraprofessional.
- Isomeric; polymeric: paraldehyde.
- Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by two unsubstituted carbon atoms: para-aminobenzoic acid.
Origin of para-Greek, from para, beside; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of para-From parachute.
Origin of -paraLatin, from parere, to give birth; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (law) Abbreviation of Paraguay.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Geographical Terms: Foreign countries and regions", Table T10.3, p. 438-443.
- Formerly, a subunit of currency in several countries in the Ottoman/Turkish and Yugoslav regions.
- A paragraph.
Shortened from paragraph
- A paratrooper.
Shortened from paratrooper
(comparative more para, superlative most para)
- (Australia, slang) very drunk
Shortened from paralytic