[ prop-uh-gey-shuhn ]
/ ˌprɒp əˈgeɪ ʃən /


the act of propagating.
the fact of being propagated.
multiplication by natural reproduction.
transmission or dissemination.

Nearby words

  1. propagable,
  2. propaganda,
  3. propagandist,
  4. propagandize,
  5. propagate,
  6. propagative,
  7. propagator,
  8. propagule,
  9. propagulum,
  10. propane

Origin of propagation

1400–50; late Middle English propagacyon < Latin propāgātiōn- (stem of propāgātiō). See propagate, -ion

Related formsprop·a·ga·tion·al, adjectivenon·prop·a·ga·tion, nounself-prop·a·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for propagation



mid-15c., from Old French propagacion "offshoot, offspring" (13c.) and directly from Latin propagationem (nominative propagatio) "a propagation, extension, enlargement," noun of action from past participle stem of propagare "set forward, extend, spread, increase; multiply plants by layers, breed," from propago (genitive propaginis) "that which propagates, offspring," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *pag-, root of pangere "to fasten" (see pact).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for propagation


[ prŏp′ə-gāshən ]


Multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction.
The act or process of propagating, especially the process by which an impulse is transmitted along a nerve fiber.

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