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[dih-sem-uh-neyt] /dɪˈsɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), disseminated, disseminating.
to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse:
to disseminate information about preventive medicine.
Origin of disseminate
1595-1605; < Latin dissēminātus (past participle of dissēmināre; dis- dis-1 + sēmināre to sow), equivalent to dis- + sēmin- (stem of sēmen seed) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
undisseminated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disseminated
  • Such lessons should be disseminated around the world.
  • That leads to data being suppressed, and false science being disseminated.
  • Right now, I want to tackle what's already been disseminated.
  • Pupils also do not want to see the information that teachers have about them disseminated.
  • The pay off is that the knowledge is disseminated.
  • Searching is a numbers game -- the more information is disseminated, the better the chances of recovery.
  • It must be disseminated as widely as possible.
  • While none of this should influence the art itself, it has everything to do with how it is disseminated.
  • This info has also been widely disseminated to contractors.
  • Perhaps less concentrated but far more disseminated all over.
British Dictionary definitions for disseminated


(transitive) to distribute or scatter about; diffuse
Derived Forms
dissemination, noun
disseminative, adjective
disseminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dissēmināre, from dis-1 + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for disseminated



c.1600, from Latin disseminatus, past participle of disseminare "to spread abroad, disseminate," from dis- "in every direction" (see dis-) + seminare "to plant, propagate," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Related: Disseminated; disseminates; disseminating. Middle English had dissemen "to scatter" (early 15c.).

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disseminated in Medicine

disseminated dis·sem·i·nat·ed (dĭ-sěm'ə-nā'tĭd)
Spread over a large area of a body, a tissue, or an organ.

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