Judging from all available evidence, the granules are self-propagating units; that is, they can grow and reproduce themselves.
Evil is a mysterious, self-propagating principle, like leaven.
Our Baptist mission churches are fast becoming models of self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating bodies.
Organisms possess in themselves formative power of a self-propagating kind, which they communicate to their materials.
It is self-propagating, from the fact of its lower branches rooting where they touch the soil.
I was obliged, in fact, to brace myself, to reason it out again that right was self-propagating and wrong necessarily sterile.
1560s, "to cause to multiply," from Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare "to set forward, extend, procreate" (see propagation). Intransitive sense "reproduce one's kind" is from c.1600. Related: Propagated; propagating.
propagate prop·a·gate (prŏp'ə-gāt')
v. prop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing, prop·a·gates
To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
To breed offspring.
To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
To cause to move in some direction or through a medium, such as a wave or a nerve impulse.