[ 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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- proliferating endarteritis,
- proliferating systematized angioendotheliomatosis,
- proliferative fasciitis
Origin of proliferate
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/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /
to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
Word Origin for proliferate
C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear
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[ prə-lĭf′ə-rā′tĭv ]
Tending to proliferate.
[ prə-lĭf′ə-rāt′ ]
To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
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