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”.

polypseudonymous
Using many pseudonyms.
polypsychical
1. Having many souls, many-souled.
2. The belief in a multiplicity of souls in one person.
3. The belief in a multiplicity of spiritual beings as the causes of natural phenomena.
4. A belief that humans have several souls or modes of intelligence.
polypus
Having many feet; such as, an octopus.
polyradiculopathy
1. A diffuse root involvement, seen with, among other disorders, diabetic neuropathy.
2. Simultaneous inflammation of a large number of the spinal nerves marked by paralysis, pain, and the wasting away of muscles.
polyrhizal
Having many roots.
polyrhizous
polysaprobic
That area of a grossly polluted stream that contains the complex organic wastes that are decomposing primarily by anaerobic processes.
polysarcia, polysarcous
Obesity; over weight.
polyscope
An apparatus which makes a single object appear as many objects.
polyscopic
1. Text formatting, where text is structured as a collection of interdependent modules.
2. Structuring of information based upon the notion of scope, which may be understood as a viewpoint or a way of looking and analyzing something.

Polyscopic information is presented in terms of different aspects which intuitively correspond to "sides" or "angles of looking". The aspects may reflect different reader categories, ways of looking at the subject, etc.

To see the naturalness of the polyscopic presentation, it is useful to think of inspecting a hand-held object. Naturally, a person uses the capacity of the hand to turn the object at different angles and take it closer or farther from the eye to explore the object.

In a similar way, polyscopic information structuring facilitates the active exploration of a presented subject.

Polyscopic information structuring supports "holistic" or "multiple-perspective" thinking. This way of thinking is especially relevant in the post-industrial era, where it has become increasingly important that both technical, socio-cultural, political, and other aspects of an issue be taken into account in decision making.

In a similar way, the polyscopic structuring of information also supports active, exploratory learning.

—Based on a presentation by
Dino Karabeg, Rolf Guescini and Tommy W. Nordeng;
Department for Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway; 2005.
polysemant (singular), polysemants (plural)
1. Referring to a word that has various meanings or more than one meaning.
2. Etymology: from Late Greek polysemantos, having many meanings; based on the prefix poly, "many" +semainein, "to mean", from sema, "sign".
polysemantic
A reference to a word that has multiple meanings.
polyseme (s), polysemes (pl)
1. A word, or words, with many meanings.
2. A word or phrase, or words and phrases, with multiple, related meanings.
polysemia, poysemeia
1. Multiplicity of meanings.
2. The capability of words to assume various new meanings without losing the older meaning or meanings.
polysemous (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to words having many meanings: The majority of natural human languages are polysemous or having more than one meaning per word.

When a word or phrase has several meanings, you can describe that word as a polysemous term.

One word that's famously polysemous is "bank."

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-.