[ ri-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv ]
/ rɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv /
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of, relating to, or characterized by regeneration.
tending to regenerate.
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Origin of regenerative

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word regenerātīvus.See regenerate, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM regenerative

re·gen·er·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·gen·er·a·tive, adjectivenon·re·gen·er·a·tive·ly, adverbun·re·gen·er·a·tive, adjective
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What does regenerative mean?

Regenerative means able to or tending to regenerate—to regrow or be renewed or restored, especially after being damaged or lost.

The act or process of regenerating is regeneration. Regenerative is most commonly used in the context of biology to describe the properties of organisms or environments that are capable of regrowth. In animals, tissue, organs, or other body parts that have been injured or lost are sometimes regenerated. In some animals, regeneration happens on an even greater scale, with some being able to regrow an entire limb or tail. Environments that have been damaged or destroyed, like forests or grasslands damaged by fire, can also regenerate. Such things are said to have regenerative properties.

Regenerative is also commonly used in a figurative way to describe actions that are intended to renew or restore.

Example: Scientists are studying the regenerative properties of the hydra in hopes of shortening the healing process after injuries.

Where does regenerative come from?

The first records of the word regenerative come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb regenerāre, meaning “to bring forth again.” The prefix re- means “again” and generate means “capable of producing or creating.”

In the natural world, plants and animals regenerate in many different ways. Some regenerative plants can regrow from a single part—such as when you plant a chunk of carrot or potato and it sprouts again. Some simple organisms, like the hydra, have regenerative properties that allow them to regenerate even after being torn apart. In humans, hair and skin are always regenerating, but even some organs are regenerative, such as the liver and the lungs.

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What are some other forms related to regenerative?

  • regeneratively (adverb)
  • nonregenerative (adjective)
  • regenerate (verb)

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How is regenerative used in real life?

Regenerative can be used in many different contexts, but it’s most commonly used in biology.



Try using regenerative!

Which of the following things could be described as regenerative

A. an organ than can regrow
B. the ability of an organism to regrow a limb
C. a policy intended to restore a community
D. all of the above

How to use regenerative in a sentence