[ vej-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən /


all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole: the vegetation of the Nile valley.
the act or process of vegetating.
a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.
Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.



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Origin of vegetation

1555–65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō), equivalent to vegetāt- (see vegetate) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM vegetation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vegetation

/ (ˌvɛdʒɪˈteɪʃən) /


plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
the process of vegetating
pathol any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
a vegetative existence

Derived forms of vegetation

vegetational, adjectivevegetatious, adjective
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Medical definitions for vegetation

[ vĕj′ĭ-tāshən ]


The process of growth in plants.
An abnormal bodily growth or excrescence, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria that is adherent to a diseased heart valve.
A vegetative state of impaired consciousness.
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Scientific definitions for vegetation

[ vĕj′ĭ-tāshən ]

The plants of an area or a region; plant life.
An abnormal bodily accretion, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria, that adheres to a diseased heart valve.
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