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verb (used with object), dis·sem·i·nat·ed, dis·sem·i·nat·ing.
  1. to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse: to disseminate information about preventive medicine.
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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 formsdis·sem·i·na·tion, noundis·sem·i·na·tive, adjectivedis·sem·i·na·tor, nounun·dis·sem·i·nat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for disseminated

publish, propagate, disperse, publicize, advertise, circulate, sow, blazon, promulgate, declare, broadcast, spread, blaze, annunciate, radiate, announce, proclaim, strew, diffuse, dissipate

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Contemporary Examples of disseminated

Historical Examples of disseminated

  • 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.

  • In fact, they are disseminated throughout the slave dealing East.

British Dictionary definitions for disseminated


  1. (tr) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse
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Derived Formsdissemination, noundisseminative, adjectivedisseminator, noun

Word Origin for disseminate

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


  1. Spread over a large area of a body, a tissue, or an organ.
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