variant of megalo- (megalith); also the initial element in units of measure that are equal to one million of the units denoted by the base word (megahertz). Symbol: M
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Origin of mega-
combining form representing Greek mégas large, great
Words nearby mega-
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British Dictionary definitions for mega-
denoting 10 6megawatt Symbol: M
(in computer technology) denoting 2 20 (1 048 576)megabyte
large or greatmegalith
informal great in importance or amountmegastar
Word Origin for mega-
from Greek megas huge, powerful
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Medical definitions for mega-
One million (106):megahertz.
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Scientific definitions for mega-
A prefix that means:
Large, as in megadose, a large dose.
One million, as in megahertz, one million hertz.
220 (that is, 1,048,576), which is the power of 2 closest to a million, as in megabyte.
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