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[dih-sem-uh-neyt] /dɪˈsɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), disseminated, disseminating.
to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse:
to disseminate information about preventive medicine.
Origin of disseminate
1595-1605; < Latin dissēminātus (past participle of dissēmināre; dis- dis-1 + sēmināre to sow), equivalent to dis- + sēmin- (stem of sēmen seed) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
undisseminated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Before noon on that day the news had been disseminated through the house.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Have you not disseminated statements that my name is stolen?

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Educators and scientists have alike agreed that this knowledge ought to be disseminated.

  • All this was mixed, broken, floating, disseminated confusedly in her thought.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • In fact, they are disseminated throughout the slave dealing East.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for disseminated


(transitive) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse
Derived Forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dissēmināre, from dis-1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for disseminated



c.1600, from Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare "to spread abroad, disseminate," from dis- "in every direction" (see dis-) + seminare "to plant, propagate," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Related: Disseminated; disseminates; disseminating. Middle English had dissemen "to scatter" (early 15c.).

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disseminated in Medicine

disseminated dis·sem·i·nat·ed (dĭ-sěm'ə-nā'tĭd)
Spread over a large area of a body, a tissue, or an organ.

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