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vegetation

[vej-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole:
the vegetation of the Nile valley.
2.
the act or process of vegetating.
3.
a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.
4.
Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō), equivalent to vegetāt- (see vegetate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetationless, adjective
nonvegetation, noun
prevegetation, noun
undervegetation, noun
Synonyms
3. inactivity, idleness, sloth, lethargy.
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetational

vegetation

/ˌvɛdʒɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
2.
the process of vegetating
3.
(pathol) any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
4.
a vegetative existence
Derived Forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetatious, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vegetational

vegetation

n.

1560s, "act of vegetating," from Middle French végétation, from Medieval Latin vegetationem (nominative vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727.

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vegetational in Medicine

vegetation veg·e·ta·tion (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. The process of growth in plants.

  2. 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.

  3. A vegetative state of impaired consciousness.

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vegetational in Science
vegetation
  (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)   
  1. The plants of an area or a region; plant life.

  2. 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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