plethora 1540s, a medical word for "excess of body fluid," from L.L. plethora, from Gk. plethore "fullness," from plethein "be full" (see POLY- (Cf. poly-)). Figurative meaning "too much, overfullness in any respect" is first recorded 1700. Related: Plethoric.

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  • Plethora — (gr. πληθώρα plethóra „Fülle“, „Überfülle“) bezeichnet ein Symptom, das mit einer Volumenvermehrung einer Körperflüssigkeit einhergeht. Als Plethora vera („echte Überfülle“, auch Plethora sanguine) wird eine vermehrte Blutfülle bei gesteigerter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Plethora — Pleth o*ra, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to be or become full. Cf. {Pleonasm}.] 1. Overfullness; especially, excessive fullness of the blood vessels; repletion; that state of the blood vessels or of the system when the blood exceeds a healthy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plethora — ► NOUN ▪ an excessive amount of: a plethora of complaints. ORIGIN Latin, from Greek pl thein be full …   English terms dictionary

  • Plethōra — (v. gr.), Vollblütigkeit; daher Plethorisch, vollblütig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Plethōra — (griech.), s. Vollblütigkeit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Plethora — Plethōra (grch.), Vollblütigkeit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • plethora — I noun abundance, accumulation, amplitude, congestion, deluge, engorgement, excess, exorbitance, exorbitancy, flood, full measure, fullness, glut, great quantity, heap, impletion, inundation, load, margin, nimiety, overabundance, overflow,… …   Law dictionary

  • plethora — meaning ‘an oversupply, an excess’, is pronounced pleth ǝ rǝ and is a singular noun …   Modern English usage

  • plethora — [n] excess deluge, flood, glut, many, much, overabundance, overflow, overkill, overmuch, plenty, profusion, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; concepts 767,787 Ant. few, lack, little, need, rarity, scarcity, want …   New thesaurus

  • plethora — [pleth′ə rə] n. [ML < Gr plēthōrē < plēthein, to be FULL1] 1. the state of being too full; overabundance; excess 2. an abnormal condition characterized by an excess of blood in the circulatory system or in some part of it …   English World dictionary

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