olig-, oligo-

(Greek: prefix; scanty, little, meager, tiny, infrequent; abnormally few or small)

oligacanthous (adjective), more oligacanthous, most oligacanthous
Pertaining to having very few spines or sharp-pointed tips on stems or leaves.
oligandrous (adjective), more oligandrous, most oligandrous
1. In botany, having fewer than twenty or having very paltry numbers of stamens.
2. Literally: "few men" or "few males".
oliganthous (adjective), more oliganthous, most oliganthous
Having a very limited number of flowers.
oligarch (s) (noun), oligarchs (pl)
A member of a small number of those who are governing a country.
oligarchic (adjective), more oligarchic, most oligarchic
Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a small governmental organization.
oligarchical (adjective), more oligarchical, mostoligarchical
Relating to or based on the control of a government controlled by a small group.
oligarchy (s) (noun), oligarchies (pl)
A form of government in which the power is confined to a small group of people or families; also, the body of persons composing such a government.
oligcarpous
Having few carpels or fruit.
oligemia (ohl" i JEE mee uh)
A deficiency in the amount of blood in the body or any organ or tissue.
oligemic (ohl" i JEE mik)
Pertaining to or characterized by oligemia.
oligergasia
An outmoded term for mental retardation.
olighidria, olig(h)idria; oligidria
Deficiency of sweating or insufficient perspiration in certain conditions.
olighydria
A state of decreased water content.
oligoaerobic
A reference to organisms that grow in conditions of low oxygen concentration.
oligoamnios
The presence of a less than normal amount of amniotic fluid; the fluid bathing and surrounding the fetus and serving as a shock absorber while it is developing.

It flows out in the "breaking of the water" just before a baby is born.

Related "few, small, less, little" word units: micro-; mini-; mio-, meio-; nano-.