a combining form meaning “middle,” used in the formation of compound words: mesocephalic.
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Also especially before a vowel, mes-.
Origin of meso-
combining form representing Greek mésos middle, in the middle; akin to Latin medius; see mid1
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before a vowel mes-
middle or intermediatemesomorph
Word Origin for meso-
from Greek misos middle
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word-forming element meaning "middle, intermediate, halfway," sometimes mes- before vowels, comb. form of Greek mesos "middle, in the middle; middling, moderate; between" (see medial (adj.)).
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In the middle; middle:mesoderm.
Characterizing a superimposable isomer:meso-2,3-dichlorobutane.
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