Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

pleo- Also pleio- and plio-.

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[Greek pleōn or pleiōn, more.]

Pleonasm (Greek azein, breathe hard) is the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning; pleocytosis (Greek kutos, vessel) is the presence of an abnormally large number of lymphocytes in the cerebrospinal fluid; pleiotropy (Greek tropē, turning) is the production by a single gene of two or more apparently unrelated effects; the Pliocene (Greek kainos, new) epoch, follows the Miocene and precedes the Pleistocene epoch; the pliosaur (Greek sauros, lizard) is a plesiosaur, so named because of its greater similarity to a lizard than the ichthyosaur.

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