- the growth or production of cells by multiplication of parts.
- a rapid and often excessive spread or increase: nuclear proliferation.
Origin of proliferation
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Examples from the Web for proliferation
Concerns about the proliferation of these labs date back to shortly after the expansion began in the early 2000s.Growing Number of Biosafety Labs Raises Red Flags
Center for Public Integrity
August 20, 2014
The proliferation of zany burger toppings came next as an inevitable by-product of the high-end burger fad.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food
July 31, 2014
The proliferation of Muslim-majority states continued with decolonization in the 1950s and 1960s.Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children
July 11, 2014
But Cole also points to the proliferation of phones with video capabilities as a turning point.What Do Arab Millennials Want?
July 1, 2014
In the 19th century, it was the proliferation of the penny press and today it has a lot to do with the ubiquity of mobile devices.Jeff Sharlet’s ‘Radiant Truths’: How Religion Shaped American Literary Journalism
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
May 4, 2014
The 70s witnessed a proliferation of multilateral assistance programs.After the Rain
This phenomenon is known as proliferation of the floral axis.
And the proliferation of prisons, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls.
That cells, still retaining the same nature, increase by self-division or proliferation, is admitted by almost every one.
That the chieftaincy was neither inherited nor permanent is indicated by the proliferation of chiefs' names in historical sources.Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society
Robert F. Murphy
- rapid growth or reproduction of new parts, cells, etc
- rapid growth or increase in numbers
- a great numberdone up in a proliferation of fancy frills
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Word Origin and History for proliferation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The growth and reproduction of similar cells.
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