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propagation

[prop-uh-gey-shuh n] /ˌprɒp əˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of propagating.
2.
the fact of being propagated.
3.
multiplication by natural reproduction.
4.
transmission or dissemination.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English propagacyon < Latin propāgātiōn- (stem of propāgātiō). See propagate, -ion
Related forms
propagational, adjective
nonpropagation, noun
self-propagation, noun
Synonyms
4. spreading, dispersion, diffusion.
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Word Origin and History for propagational

propagation

n.

mid-15c., from Old French propagacion "offshoot, offspring" (13c.) and directly from Latin propagationem (nominative propagatio) "a propagation, extension, enlargement," noun of action from past participle stem of propagare "set forward, extend, spread, increase; multiply plants by layers, breed," from propago (genitive propaginis) "that which propagates, offspring," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *pag-, root of pangere "to fasten" (see pact).

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propagational in Medicine

propagation prop·a·ga·tion (prŏp'ə-gā'shən)
n.

  1. Multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction.

  2. The act or process of propagating, especially the process by which an impulse is transmitted along a nerve fiber.

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Encyclopedia Article for propagational

propagation

in horticulture, the reproduction of plants by any number of natural or artificial means

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