Plethora
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 standard in quantity; hyper[ae]mia; -- opposed to an[ae]mia. [1913 Webster]

2. State of being overfull; excess; superabundance. [1913 Webster]

He labors under a plethora of wit and imagination. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]


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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 — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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