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(Greek: many, much; too many, too much, excessive; abnormal)

Don’t confuse this poly- with another -poly which means “to sell”.

Any of four heritable malformation syndromes recognizable at birth and characterized by premature craniosynostosis, syndactyly, and polydactyly; also: acrocephalopolysyndactylia.
Andra moi ennepe mousa polytropon hos malapolla planchthe. (Greek)
Tell me about the resourceful man who wandered so much.

From the Odyssey, a Homeric epic poem recounting the wanderings of Odysseus (Latin: Ulysses) after the fall of Troy.

The oldest surviving source of Greek mythology along with the Iliad, it describes Odysseus' ten-year journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

"It provides both an insight into a long-lost civilization and a gripping narrative rich in evocative details, complex characters, and universal themes."

—As seen in the Encarta World English Dictionary, St. Martin's Press, New York; 1999.
bigamy, monogamy, polygamy
bigamy (BIG uh mee) (noun)
The act of being married to two spouses at the same time: "The women were horrified to realize they were the victims of bigamy when they discovered they were both married to the same man."
monogamy (muh NAHG uh mee) (noun)
Marriage to only one person at a time: "In many cultures, monogamy is the typical practice of marriage with just one spouse at a time."
polygamy (puh LIG uh mee) (noun)
Plural marriage; having more than one wife or husband at the same time: "Occasionally there are articles in the newspapers about obscure religious groups that practice polygamy; for example, one man with thirteen wives."

Bigamy is proof that two rites make a wrong.

—Evan Esar

Monogamy is a monopoly.


The media headlines about marriage-life styles were rampant, exclaiming that those who practiced either bigamy or polygamy were carrying things too far. There was no mention about the success of monogamy.

electrodiaphanoscope, diaphanoscope, polyscope
An instrument which introduces light into a body cavity to illuminate its internal contours and transilluminate its walls or to shine light through an organ of the body.
fibrous dysplasia, polyostotic
Fibrous dysplasia of bone affecting several or many bones.

When associated with melanotic pigmentation of the skin and endocrine disorders, it is known as Albright's syndrome; which is a condition of cystic bone growth that results from abnormal bone development. It may occur with bone lesions, skin pigmentation, and endocrine abnormalities.

An excessive fondness for, or desire to use, big words: “He presented me with this hyperpolysyllabicomaniac statement: It is impossible to indoctrinate a superannuated canine in the intricacies of innovative feats of legerdemain.”
hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianist (s) (noun), hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianists (pl)
Anyone who has a fascination for, or who enjoys using, excessively long words: "Mrs. Jones was a hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianist who loved to challenge her students to determine the meanings of big words and to determine their etymologies so they could comprehend the multitudes of English words that have come from Latin and Greek sources and are used in medical, scientific, and additional sophisticated applications."
lithium-ion-polymer battery
A modification of the lithium-polymer battery that employs hybrid cells containing some gelled electrolyte, to compensate for the relatively low conductivity of a completely dry lithium polymer electrolyte.
lithium-polymer battery
A type of lithium battery that uses a dry plastic-like ultra thin film as the electrolyte rather than the traditional liquid or gelled electrolyte.

This offers certain advantages in terms of size, design, and power.

monopoly; polypoly, polyopoly
monopoly (muh NAHP uh lee) (noun)
1. Exclusive possession or ownership of something: "The sugar mogul had a monopoly on the sugar import-export business in our city."
2. When capitalized, a board game developed in the 1930’s involving money, purchase of property, etc.: "The family decided to play Monopoly after dinner."
polypoly, polyopoly (PAHL ee PAHL ee, pahl ee AH pahl ee) (noun)
A market situation where there are large numbers of small buyers and small sellers, none of which can influence prices or a market situation in which there are no large sellers but many small ones: "Patrick was just one member of the polypoly, or polyopoly, among many other business men who had no affect on the costs of his products beyond his sales outlet."

One advantage of a polypoly or polyopoly market situation is the limited possibility of a monopoly developing among the buyers or sellers.

multiple vision, polyopia
1. A condition in which more than one image of an object is formed, or seen, on the retina.
2. A visual perception of several images of a single object.
3. Having multiple vision; the seeing of one object as more than one.
myriotheist (s) (noun), myriotheists (pl)
Someone who believes in, or maintains the doctrine of, a multitude of gods.
pleomorphism, polymorphism
1. The assumption of various distinct forms by a single organism or species.
2. In cytomorphology, variation in the size and shape of cells or nuclei.
3. In chemistry, crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms.
4. In biology, the occurrence of different forms, stages, or types in individual organisms or in organisms of the same species, independent of sexual variations.
Having many thorns.
A compound that has more than one acidic group; especially, an acid containing polymeric anions.

Related topics utilizing this poly- prefix: Polysemy and Polysemous and Polygamy Sections.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "more, plentiful, fullness, excessive, over flowing": copi-; exuber-; hyper-; multi-; opulen-; ple-; pleio-; plethor-; super-; total-; ultra-; undu-.