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).
Hyper vs. HypoLet’s start from the top: Hyper- is a prefix that means excess or exaggeration, while hypo- is another prefix that means under or beneath. Both hyper and hypo are usually used as prefixes, which are elements or partial words added to the beginning of a base word to modify its meaning. Hyper is derived from the Greek word for over, and hypo is a Greek …
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Origin of hyper-
Can be confusedhyper- hypo-
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British Dictionary definitions for hyper-
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
Word Origin for hyper-
from Greek huper over
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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-).
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Medicine definitions for hyper-
Over; above; beyond:hyperflexion.
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Science definitions for hyper-
A prefix that means excessive or excessively, especially in medical terms like hypertension and hyperthyroidism.
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