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[pleth-er-uh] /ˈplɛθ ər ə/

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.
superfluity or excess; overabundance
(pathol, obsolete) a condition caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels, characterized esp by a reddish face

excess; overabundance
Word Origin

Greek ‘fullness’

1540s, a medical word for “excess of body fluid,” from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore “fullness,” from plethein “be full” (see pleio-). Figurative meaning “too-muchness, overfullness in any respect” is first recorded 1700. Related: Plethoric.

plethora pleth·o·ra (plěth’ər-ə)

ple·thor’ic (plě-thôr’ĭk) adj.


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