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”.

polytokous, polytocous
1. Having many offspring per brood.
2. Producing fruit many times during a plant's life cycle.
polytrichia
1. Very hairy; thickly covered with hair; especially in comparison with other people of the same race and sex.
2. Excessive hairiness.
3. An excessive growth of the hair.
polytrichosis
polytrichous
polytrophic
1. A reference to obtaining nourishment from a variety of organic material; such as, certain bacteria.
2. Exhibiting an attraction, trophism, for multiple organs; usually used for a virus which affects multiple organ systems.
polytrophy
1. Feeding on a variety of different food substances or food species.
2. In pathology, marked by or pertaining to excessive nutrition.
polyunsaturated
Relating to long-chain carbon compounds; especially, fats, having many unsaturated bonds.
polyuria
Excessive urination, as in some diseases.
polyuric
A descriptive term for the excretion of an abnormally large quantity of urine.
polyxenous
polyxeny
1. A parasite associated with many hosts during its life-cycle.
2. A parasite that is not host specific; also, pleioxeny.
polyzoan
A reference to minute water animals that form branching, mosslike colonies, and reproduce by budding.
polyzoic
A description of tapeworms in which the body is typically divided into proglottids; as opposed to monozoic forms.
psychogenic nocturnal polydipsia syndrome
Emotionally induced excessive water drinking at night.
psychogenic polydipsia
Excessive fluid consumption resulting from a disorder of the personality, without any demonstrable organic lesion (pathological or traumatic discontinuity of tissue or loss of the function of a body part).

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-.