proliferate

[pruh-lif-uh-reyt]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), proliferated, proliferating.
1.
to grow or produce by multiplication of parts, as in budding or cell division, or by procreation.
2.
to increase in number or spread rapidly and often excessively.

Origin:
1870–75; prolifer(ous) + -ate1

proliferative, adjective
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proliferate (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
2.  to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
 
[C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear]
 
pro'liferative
 
adj

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proliferate
1873, as a term in biology, from proliferation. General sense from 1961.
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proliferate pro·lif·er·ate (prə-lĭf'ə-rāt')
v. pro·lif·er·at·ed, pro·lif·er·at·ing, pro·lif·er·ates
To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.

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Example sentences
They are vibrant microbial communities, not clinging to life in a narrow niche
  but proliferating in it, replicating up a storm.
The unusual gene doesn't stop infection, but it does keep the virus from
  proliferating.
These altered mice produced far fewer proliferating stem cells than their
  normal counterparts.
The danger here is that chemistry errors are proliferating from one database to
  another as the content is reused.
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