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proliferate

[pruh-lif-uh-reyt] /prəˈlɪf əˌreɪt/
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
1870-1875
1870-75; prolifer(ous) + -ate1
Related forms
proliferative, adjective
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  • The high blood sugar attributed to the proliferative retinopathy in my right eye.
  • These woolly areas may signal the development of proliferative retinopathy.
British Dictionary definitions for proliferative

proliferate

/prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
2.
to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
Derived Forms
proliferative, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for proliferative
adj.

1868, from proliferate + -ive.

proliferate

v.

1857 as a term in biology; see proliferation. General sense from 1961. Related: Proliferated; proliferating.

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proliferative in Medicine

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.

proliferative pro·lif·er·a·tive (prə-lĭf'ə-rā'tĭv, -lĭf'ər-ə-) or pro·lif·er·ous (-ər-əs)
adj.
Tending to proliferate.

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