- a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “over,” usually implying excess or exaggeration (hyperbole); on this model used, especially as opposed to hypo-, in the formation of compound words (hyperthyroid).
Origin of hyper-
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- above, over, or in excesshypercritical
- (in medicine) denoting an abnormal excesshyperacidity
- indicating that a chemical compound contains a greater than usual amount of an elementhyperoxide
from Greek huper over
Word Origin and History for hyper-
word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, exceedingly, to excess," from Greek hyper (prep. and adv.) "over, beyond, overmuch, above measure," from PIE super- "over" (see super-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Over; above; beyond:hyperflexion.
- Excessive; excessively:hyperhydration.
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- A prefix that means excessive or excessively, especially in medical terms like hypertension and hyperthyroidism.
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