Definition of Plethora

1. Noun. Extreme excess. "An embarrassment of riches"

Exact synonyms: Embarrassment, Overplus, Superfluity
Generic synonyms: Excess, Excessiveness, Inordinateness
Specialized synonyms: Redundance, Redundancy
Derivative terms: Plethoric, Superfluous



Definition of Plethora

1. n. 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; hyperæmia; -- opposed to anæmia.

Definition of Plethora

1. Noun. (usually followed by (term of)) An excessive amount or number; an abundance. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine archaic) An excess of red blood cells or bodily humours. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plethora

1. an excess [n -S]

Medical Definition of Plethora

1. 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; hyperaemia; opposed to anaemia. 2. State of being overfull; excess; superabundance. "He labors under a plethora of wit and imagination." (Jeffrey) Origin: NL, fr. Gr, fr. To be or become full. Cf. Pleonasm. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Plethora

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1. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"The tendency to plethora, or its actual existence, must be obviated by ... This is, however, a doubtful remedy for general plethora, u it increases ..."

2. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"A stimulating diet and stimulating drinks should be avoided as conducive to plethora. The mechanical measures necessary to produce pressure, ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1817)
"General plethora is characterized by redness of the skin, enlargement of the ... The characters of local plethora vary according to the organ which is the ..."

4. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"The complaint of Bryson 1984 that a plethora “is not merely a lot, ... First, here are some examples ofthe undesirable or hampering plethora ..."

5. Principles of medicine: Comprising General Pathology and Therapeutics, and a by Charles James Blasius Williams, Meredith Clymer (1853)
"plethora—GENERAL EXCESS OF BLOOD. 275. As general anaemia may arise from defective formation or excessive expenditure of blood, so general plethora may ..."

6. Special Pathology and Diagnostics: With Therapeutic Hints by Charles Godlove Raue (1882)
"plethora. The quantity of the blood must always be estimated as a relative mass. ... This is plethora of olden times. More recent observers have split this ..."

7. A Manual of Pathological Anatomy by Karl Rokitansky (1854)
"In these the plethora often of itself, but more commonly through acute serous effusion into ... Moreover, the plethora occasions dilatation of the heart, ..."

8. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"The tendency to plethora, or its actual existence, must be obviated by ... This is, however, a doubtful remedy for general plethora, u it increases ..."

9. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"A stimulating diet and stimulating drinks should be avoided as conducive to plethora. The mechanical measures necessary to produce pressure, ..."

10. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1817)
"General plethora is characterized by redness of the skin, enlargement of the ... The characters of local plethora vary according to the organ which is the ..."

11. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"The complaint of Bryson 1984 that a plethora “is not merely a lot, ... First, here are some examples ofthe undesirable or hampering plethora ..."

12. Principles of medicine: Comprising General Pathology and Therapeutics, and a by Charles James Blasius Williams, Meredith Clymer (1853)
"plethora—GENERAL EXCESS OF BLOOD. 275. As general anaemia may arise from defective formation or excessive expenditure of blood, so general plethora may ..."

13. Special Pathology and Diagnostics: With Therapeutic Hints by Charles Godlove Raue (1882)
"plethora. The quantity of the blood must always be estimated as a relative mass. ... This is plethora of olden times. More recent observers have split this ..."

14. A Manual of Pathological Anatomy by Karl Rokitansky (1854)
"In these the plethora often of itself, but more commonly through acute serous effusion into ... Moreover, the plethora occasions dilatation of the heart, ..."

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