olig-, oligo-

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

oligacanthous
Having few spines.
oligandrous
1. In botany, having fewer than twenty stamens or having very few stamens.
2. Literally: "few men" or "few males".
oliganthous
Having few flowers.
oligarch
1. A member of an oligarchy.
2. One of a few holding power in a state.
oligarchic
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.
oligarchical
Relating to, or based on an oligarchy; a government by the few, or a small group that exercises control of a government.
oligarchy
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.
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-.