prolification

noun

pro·​lif·​i·​ca·​tion
plural -s
1
a
: the generation of young
b
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

Word History

Etymology

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 24 May. 2024.

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