a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “on the far side of, beyond.” In relation to the base to which it is prefixed, ultra- has the senses “located beyond, on the far side of” (ultramontane; ultraviolet), “carrying to the furthest degree possible, on the fringe of” (ultraleft; ultramodern), “extremely” (ultralight); nouns to which it is added denote, in general, objects, properties, phenomena, etc., that surpass customary norms, or instruments designed to produce or deal with such things (ultramicroscope; ultrasound; ultrastructure).
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Origin of ultra-
< Latin ultrā (adv. and preposition) on the far side (of), beyond, derivative of *ult(e)r- located beyond
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British Dictionary definitions for ultra-
beyond or surpassing a specified extent, range, or limitultramicroscopic
extreme or extremelyultramodern
Word Origin for ultra-
from Latin ultrā beyond; see ultra
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Medicine definitions for ultra-
Beyond; on the other side of:ultraviolet.
Beyond the range, scope, or limit of:ultrasonic.
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