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proliferate +‎ -ive


proliferative (comparative more proliferative, superlative most proliferative)

  1. (not comparable, cytology) of or pertaining to proliferation, especially of cells
    • 1988, Nydia G. Testa; Robert Peter Gale, Hematopoiesis: Long-Term Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation, Informa Health Care, →ISBN, page 327:
      ...stem cells may thus lose some of their proliferative potential and thus 'age'...
    • 2000, Yvonne A.; Christopher R. Barnett, Aging: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press, →ISBN, page 40:
      cultures of cells may be considered to have reached the end of their proliferative lifespan when the cell number fails to double.
    • 2007, Eduardo M. Torres et al., "Effects of Aneuploidy on Cellular Physiology and Cell Division in Haploid Yeast," Science 317(5840), 904, page 916:
      We conclude that aneuploidy causes not only a proliferative disadvantage but also a set of phenotypes...
  2. proliferating; tending to proliferate
    • 1940, Albert B. Sabin and Joel Warren, "The Curative Effect of Certain Gold Compounds on Experimental Proliferative, Chronic Arthritis in Mice," Journal of Bacteriology 40(6):
      ...they give rise to a progressive, proliferative, chronic arthritis.

Derived terms[edit]


proliferative (plural proliferatives)

  1. Such a cell

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proliferative f pl

  1. feminine plural of proliferativo