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variant of megalo- before a vowel: megalopsia.



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What does megal- mean?

Megal- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “large, great, grand, abnormally large.” It is used in a few scientific and medical terms.

Megal- ultimately comes from the Greek mégas, meaning “great, large.”

Megal- is a variant of the much more common megalo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use megalo- article.

Another familiar variant of megal- is mega-, as in megaphone or megabyte. Mega- is also used as a unit of measure prefix to indicate a fact of one million (e.g., megahertz). Corresponding forms of megalo- and megal- combined to the end of words are -megaly and -megalia.

Examples of megal-

There aren’t many words that use the combining form megal-. One of them is megalopsia, also known as macropsia, “a defect of vision in which objects appear to be larger than their actual size.”

As we know, the combining form megal- means “abnormally large.” The second part of the word, -opsia, is a combining form that denotes visual disorders. Megalopsia has a literal sense of “large vision.”

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Megalops is a scientific term for the larval stage of marine crabs. Given that -ops refers to “eye,” what does megalops literally mean?

  • Some had stood by the white marble poem of the Tag Megal in India, wherein a royal soul has carved his love for a woman.

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