poly

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noun, often attributive \ˈpä-lē\

Definition of poly

plural

polys

play \-lēz\
  1. :  a polymerized plastic or something made of this; especially :  a polyester fiber, fabric, or garment

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Origin and Etymology of poly

short for polymer


poly-

combining form

Definition of poly-

  1. 1 :  many :  several :  much :  multi- polychotomous polygyny

  2. 2a :  containing an indefinite number more than one of a (specified) substance polysulfideb :  polymeric :  polymer of a (specified) monomer polyethylene polyadenylic acid

Origin and Etymology of poly-

Greek, from polys; akin to Old High German filu many, Sanskrit puru, Latin plenus full — more at full


POLY Defined for English Language Learners

poly-

combining form

Definition of poly- for English Language Learners

  • : many


POLY- Defined for Kids

poly-

prefix

Definition of poly- for Students

  1. :  many :  much :  multi- polymer


Medical Dictionary

poly

play
noun \ˈpäl-ē\

Medical Definition of poly

plural

polys

\-ēz\play
  1. :  a polymorphonuclear leukocyte


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