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From Middle French végétatif, from Medieval Latin vegetativus.


vegetative ‎(comparative more vegetative, superlative most vegetative)

  1. Of or relating to plants; especially to their growth.
  2. (biology) Of or relating to functions such as growth, nutrition and asexual reproduction rather than sexual reproduction.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 5
      In Lejeuneaceae vegetative branches normally originate from the basiscopic basal portion of a lateral segment half, as in the Radulaceae, and the associated leaves, therefore, are quite unmodified.
  3. Physically inactive.
  4. (medicine) Of a state of impaired brain function, where a person can respond to some stimuli but is incapable of voluntary acts.

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  1. Feminine plural form of vegetativo