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  1. the act of propagating.
  2. the fact of being propagated.
  3. multiplication by natural reproduction.
  4. transmission or dissemination.
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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

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4. spreading, dispersion, diffusion.
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Related Words for propagation

multiplication, breeding, reproduction, generation, proliferation, dispersion, spread, distribution, circulation, producing

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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).

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propagation in Medicine


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