poly

noun, often attributive \ ˈpä-lē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of poly

plural polys play \ˈpä-lēz\
: 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 : many : several : much : multi-
  • polychotomous
  • polygyny
2 a : containing an indefinite number more than one of a (specified) substance
  • polysulfide
b : 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

: many : much : multi-
  • polymer

Medical Dictionary

poly

noun \ ˈpäl-ē \

medical Definition of poly

plural polys play \-ēz\
: a polymorphonuclear leukocyte

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