proliferation


proliferation
Growth and reproduction of similar cells.
- diffuse mesangial p. SYN: mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis.
- gingival p. SYN: gingival hyperplasia.

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pro·lif·er·a·tion prə-.lif-ə-'rā-shən n
1 a) rapid and repeated production of new parts or of offspring (as in a mass of cells by a rapid succession of cell divisions)
b) a growth so formed
2) the action, process, or result of increasing by or as if by proliferation

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pro·lif·er·a·tion (pro-lif″ə-raґshən) [L. proles offspring + ferre to bear] the reproduction or multiplication of similar forms, especially of cells and morbid cysts. See also hyperplasia and hypertrophy. proliferative, proliferous adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.