proliferate

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. proletarize,
  2. proletary,
  3. proleukocyte,
  4. prolicide,
  5. prolidase,
  6. proliferating endarteritis,
  7. proliferating systematized angioendotheliomatosis,
  8. proliferation,
  9. proliferative,
  10. proliferative fasciitis

Origin of proliferate

First recorded in 1870–75; prolifer(ous) + -ate1

Related formspro·lif·er·a·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for proliferative

proliferate

/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /

verb

to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
Derived Formsproliferative, adjective

Word Origin for proliferate

C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear

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Word Origin and History for proliferative
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Medicine definitions for proliferative

proliferative

[ prə-lĭfə-rā′tĭv ]

adj.

Tending to proliferate.

proliferate

[ prə-lĭfə-rāt′ ]

v.

To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.

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