(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”.

1. The civil condition of having more husbands than one for the same woman; a social order permitting plurality of husbands.
2. An animal-mating system seen in polygamous species, in which the female mates with more than one male.
3. The dominance of a female over many males.
Inflammation involving many blood or lymph vessels.
polyanthus, polyanthous
1. Any of a group of hybrid garden primroses having clusters of variously colored flowers.
2. A hybrid primrose with bright flowers in a variety of colors.
polyarchy, polarchy, polygarchy
The government of a state or city by many: contrasted with monarchy.
polyarmory (s) (noun), polyarmories (pl)
The state or practice of having passionate activities with more than one romantic relationship at a time: In the story that Tim was reading, the couple thought that polyarmory would not be good for their love and partnership and would eventually lead to a separation.
polyarthric (adjective), more polyarthric, most polyarthric
Pertaining to or affecting many joints.
polyarthritis (s) (noun), polyarthritides (pl)
An inflammation of several joints at the same time: Leona was dismayed to realize that the localized arthritis in her thumb appeared to have become polyarthritis because she was experiencing the same pain in several fingers.
Involving many joints, as opposed to monoarticular (affecting just one joint).
An early name for lithography as applied to the production of numerous copies of autographs or original drawings.
A mutant organism that requires several nutrients that are not required by the wild type organism.
A condition resulting from a dietary deficiency of more than one vitamin.
polyblennia (s) (noun), polyblennias (pl)
The secretion of excessive amounts of mucus.
Having many centers.

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-.