poly-

(Greek: many, much; excessive; abnormal amount, profuse, ample, large quantity; multiple, abundant, numerous)

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

polymyalgia
Myalgia (muscle pain) affecting several muscles or muscle groups simultaneously.
polymyopathy
Disease affecting several muscles simultaneously.
polymythic
polymythology
A combination of a number of stories in one narrative or dramatic work.
polymythy
The inclusion of many, or several stories or plots, into one narrative of dramatic work.
Polynesia
One of three major divisions of the Pacific Islands, encompassing a number of island groups in the central and southern Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii, Samoa, and the Cook Islands.
Polynesian
1. Someone who comes from an island of the central or southern Pacific.
2. A group of Austronesian languages, including Fijian, Hawaiian, and Maori, spoken on islands of the central and southern Pacific.
polyneuralgia
Neuralgia (acute spasmodic pain) of several nerves simultaneously.
polyneuritis
Neuritis (inflammation of a nerve accompanied by pain and sometimes loss of function) involving several nerves simultaneously.
polyneuropathy
A disease process involving a number of peripheral (away from the center) nerves (literal sense), noted in beriberi and chronic alcoholism, as a result of thiamin deficiency.
polynomial
1. Relating to or composed of several names or terms.
2. In biology, a taxonomic designation having more than two terms. or names of plants or animals consisting of descriptive phrases of more than three words, as those in use before binomial nomenclature.
3. A mathematical expression of two or more terms.
polynomial, multinomial
Used to describe a mathematical expression that has more than two terms, or a system of taxonomic nomenclature that uses more than two names.
polynychia, polyunguia, polyonychia
The presence of supernumerary nails or beyond the normal number of nails on fingers or toes.
polynym
1. Each of a number of different words having the same meaning.
2. The use of various names for one thing.
3. A scientific name (of a species, etc.) consisting of more than three terms.
polyodontia
The presence of supernumerary teeth or an excessive number of teeth.

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-.