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plethora

[ pleth-er-uh ]
/ ˈplɛθ ər ə /
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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.
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Origin of plethora

1535–45; <New Latin <Greek plēthṓra fullness

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH plethora

dearth, 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 forms of plethora

plethoric (plɛˈθɒrɪk), adjectiveplethorically, adverb

Word Origin for plethora

C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek plēthōrē fullness, from plēthein to grow full
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Medical 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.

Other words from plethora

ple•thoric (plĕ-thôrĭk) adj.
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