plethora

[ pleth-er-uh ]
/ ˈplɛθ ər ə /

noun

overabundance; excess: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
Pathology Archaic. a morbid condition due to excess of red corpuscles in the blood or increase in the quantity of blood.

Origin of plethora

1535–45; < New Latin < Greek plēthṓra fullness
Can be confuseddearth plethora
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British Dictionary definitions for plethora

plethora

/ (ˈplɛθərə) /

noun

superfluity or excess; overabundance
pathol obsolete a condition caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels, characterized esp by a reddish face
Derived Formsplethoric (plɛˈθɒrɪk), adjectiveplethorically, adverb

Word Origin for plethora

C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek plēthōrē fullness, from plēthein to grow full
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Word Origin and History for plethora

plethora


n.

1540s, a medical word for "excess of body fluid," from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore "fullness," from plethein "be full" (see pleio-). Figurative meaning "too-muchness, overfullness in any respect" is first recorded 1700. Related: Plethoric.

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Medicine definitions for plethora

plethora

[ plĕthər-ə ]

n.

An excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area.
An excess of any of the body fluids.
Related formsple•thoric (plĕ-thôrĭk) adj.
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