vegetative

adjective veg·e·ta·tive \ ˈve-jə-ˌtā-tiv \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of vegetative

1 :relating to, composed of, or suggesting vegetation
2 :of or relating to the division of nature comprising the plant kingdom
3 :leading a dull, monotonous, or passive existence :2vegetable 3
4 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
5 a :autonomic 1
b :characterized by, resulting from, or being a state in which there is total loss of cognitive functioning and only involuntary bodily functions (such as breathing or blinking of the eyes) are sustained

vegetatively

adverb

vegetativeness

noun

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Origin and Etymology of vegetative

Middle English vegetatif "promoting growth, of the lowest species of soul in Aristotelian philosophy (characteristic of plants), of the plant kingdom," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French vegetative, borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetātīvus, from Late Latin vegetātus, past participle of vegetāre "to live, grow" + Latin -īvus -ive — more at vegetate



VEGETATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

vegetative

adjective

Definition of vegetative for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to plants


VEGETATIVE Defined for Kids

vegetative

adjective veg·e·ta·tive \ ˈve-jə-ˌtā-tiv \

Definition of vegetative for Students

:of, relating to, or functioning in nutrition and growth rather than reproduction
  • vegetative cells

Medical Dictionary

vegetative

adjective veg·e·ta·tive \ ˈvej-ə-ˌtāt-iv \

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

vegetatively

adverb


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