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Noun: proliferation  pru,li-fu'rey-shun
  1. Growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
     
  2. A rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons)
    "the proliferation of nuclear weapons"

Derived forms: proliferations

Type of: development, growing, growth, increase, increment, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

Antonym: nonproliferation

Encyclopedia: Proliferation