Pro*lif"er*ous (?), a. [L. proles offspring + -ferous.]

1. Bot.

Bearing offspring; -- applied to a flower from within which another is produced, or to a branch or frond from which another rises, or to a plant which is reproduced by buds or gemmae.

2. Zool. (a)

Producing young by budding.


Producing sexual zooids by budding; -- said of the blastostyle of a hydroid.


Producing a cluster of branchlets from a larger branch; -- said of corals.

Proliferous cyst Med., a cyst that produces highly-organized or even vascular structures.


-- Pro*lif"er*ous*ly, adv.


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