vegetative


veg·e·ta·tive

adjective \ˈve-jə-ˌtā-tiv\

: of or relating to plants

Full Definition of VEGETATIVE

1
a (1) :  growing or having the power of growing (2) :  of, relating to, or engaged in nutritive and growth functions as contrasted with reproductive functions <a vegetative nucleus>
b :  promoting plant growth <the vegetative properties of soil>
c :  of, relating to, or involving propagation by nonsexual processes or methods
2
:  relating to, composed of, or suggesting vegetation
3
:  of or relating to the division of nature comprising the plant kingdom
4
a :  autonomic 1
b :  characterized by, resulting from, or being a state in which there is total loss of cognitive functioning and in which only involuntary bodily functions (as breathing or blinking of the eyes) are sustained
5
:  vegetable 3
veg·e·ta·tive·ly adverb
veg·e·ta·tive·ness noun

First Known Use of VEGETATIVE

14th century

veg·e·ta·tive

adjective \ˈvej-ə-ˌtāt-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VEGETATIVE

1
a (1) : growing or having the power of growing (2) : of, relating to, or engaged in nutritive and growth functions as contrasted with reproductive functions <a vegetative nucleus> b : of, relating to, or involving propagation by nonsexual processes or methods
2
: of or relating to the division of nature comprising the plant kingdom
3
: affecting, arising from, or relating to involuntary bodily functions
4
: characterized by, resulting from, or being a state in which there is total loss of cognitive functioning typically indicated by a lack of awareness of oneself and one's environment and in which only involuntary bodily functions (as breathing or blinking of the eyes) are sustained <entered a vegetative state following a serious head injury>
veg·e·ta·tive·ly adverb

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