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poly-

(word root) many
Examples of words with the root poly-: polyandrous, polyculture, polyethylene
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poly-

pref.
1. More than one; many; much: polyatomic.
2. More than usual; excessive; abnormal: polydipsia.
3. Polymer; polymeric: polyethylene.

[Greek polu-, from polus, much, many; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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poly-

combining form
1. more than one; many or much: polyhedron.
2. having an excessive or abnormal number or amount: polycythaemia.
[from Greek polus much, many; related to Old English fela many]
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pol•y

(ˈpɒl i)

n., pl. pol•ies.
2. a garment made of polyester.
[by shortening]

poly-

a combining form with the meanings “much, many” and, in the names of chemical compounds, “polymeric”: polyandry; polyethylene.
[< Greek, comb. form representing polýs; akin to Old English fela many. See plus]

poly.

polytechnic.
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poly-

A prefix meaning "many," as in polygon, a figure having many sides.
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poly-

prefix meaning many. Used in the naming of chemical compounds.
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Keywords: Salivary protein, Caries, Poly- g-glutamic acid, Statherin
In this article the salivary protein of key interest statherin having proficient role in oral environment will be discussed in comparison and contrast to naturally occurring food containing poly- g-glutamic acid.
(86) In terms of the etio-pathogenesis of AD, there appears to be some discrepancy between a transient poly- or (ADP-ribosyl)ation on the site of stroke and its long stay there, if assuming that this relates to the onset of AD for which usually as many as 10-20 years are required: for the access to the mode of deposit of poly(ADP-ribose) in AD and its fate in the case of stroke, poly(ADP-ribose) degrading enzymes in vivo, such as phosphodiesterases and glycohydolase should be taken account.