[ pruh-lif-uh-reyt ]
/ prəˈlɪf əˌreɪt /
verb (used with or without object), pro·lif·er·at·ed, pro·lif·er·at·ing.
to grow or produce by multiplication of parts, as in budding or cell division, or by procreation.
to increase in number or spread rapidly and often excessively.
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OTHER WORDS FROM proliferatepro·lif·er·a·tive, adjective
Words nearby proliferate
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British Dictionary definitions for proliferative
/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /
to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
Derived forms of proliferateproliferative, adjective
Word Origin for proliferate
C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear
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Medical definitions for proliferative (1 of 2)
[ prə-lĭf′ə-rā′tĭv ]
Tending to proliferate.
Medical definitions for proliferative (2 of 2)
[ prə-lĭf′ə-rāt′ ]
To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
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