Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

proliferation

[pruh-lif-uh-rey-shuh n]
See more synonyms for proliferation on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the growth or production of cells by multiplication of parts.
  2. a rapid and often excessive spread or increase: nuclear proliferation.
Show More

Origin of proliferation

First recorded in 1855–60; proliferate + -ion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for proliferation

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for proliferation

proliferation

noun
  1. rapid growth or reproduction of new parts, cells, etc
  2. rapid growth or increase in numbers
  3. a great numberdone up in a proliferation of fancy frills
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for proliferation

n.

1859, "formation or development of cells," from French prolifération, from prolifère "producing offspring," from Latin proles "offspring" (see prolific) + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Meaning "enlargement, extension, increase" is from 1920; especially of nuclear weapons (1966).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

proliferation in Medicine

proliferation

(prə-lĭf′ə-rāshən)
n.
  1. The growth and reproduction of similar cells.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.