prolification

noun
pro·​lif·​i·​ca·​tion
plural -s

Definition of prolification

1a : the generation of young
2 : the quality or state of being proliferous
3 : an apical branch arising from within an inflorescence and continuing the terminal growth of the stem (as in the male inflorescence of mosses of the genus Polytrichum) — compare innovation

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History and Etymology for prolification

Medieval Latin prolification-, prolificatio, from prolificatus (past participle of prolificare to generate young, from Latin proles offspring + -ficare to move) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

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“Prolification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolification. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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