(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”.

In biology, derived from more than one ancestral type.
1. Having separate, distinct leaves not fused to each other.
2. Having many leaves.
Developing several sets of teeth successively throughout life as with sharks and certain teleost fish (bony fish with rayed fins).
Producing polyps or benign tumors protruding from mucous membranes.
1. Containing many structural or constituent elements.
2. Undergoing many changes of form.
Paralysis affecting several muscles simultaneously.
Relating to paralysis affecting several muscles at the same time.
Having more than twice the basic number of chromosomes.
The chromosomal constitution of a cell containing multiples of the normal number of chromosomes.
polypnea (s) (noun), polypneas (pl)
Very rapid breathing; panting; tachypnea: After having her dog, Toby, run around a lot that afternoon, Amanda noticed it having a condition of polypnea caused by such physical exhaustion!
1. Having many feet or foot-like organs; specifically, belonging to the Polypoda, a name for various groups of animals in different classifications: a division of insects; a division of worms; cephalopod molluscs, having more than eight arms or tentacles; and crustaceans, having more than ten feet.
2. The presence of supernumerary feet.
1. Having many feet.
2. Having more than the normal number of feet.
A market or sales condition characterized by many sellers of a product or service.
Ingestion of abnormally increased amounts of fluids for long periods of time.
A hard drinker; one who drinks excessively.

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-.