olig-, oligo-

(Greek: few, small; abnormally few or small; used as a prefix)

Having few spines.
1. In botany, having fewer than twenty stamens or having very few stamens.
2. Literally: "few men" or "few males".
Having few flowers.
1. A member of an oligarchy.
2. One of a few holding power in a state.
1. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an oligarchy.
2. Carried on, administered or governed by an oligarchy.
3. Supporting or advocating oligarchy.
Relating to, or based on an oligarchy; a government by the few, or a small group that exercises control of a government.
Government by the few; a form of government in which the power is confined to a few persons or families; also, the body of persons composing such a government.
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.
An outmoded term for mental retardation.
olighidria, olig(h)idria; oligidria
Deficiency of sweating or insufficient perspiration in certain conditions.
A state of decreased water content.
A reference to organisms that grow in conditions of low oxygen concentration.
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-.