amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio) \

Definition of amplification

1a : an act, example, or product of amplifying
b : a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)
2a : the particulars by which a statement is expanded
b : an expanded statement

Examples of amplification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are antibody and antigen tests with signal amplification (a method called ELISA), but these take one to two hours. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How rapid can coronavirus tests get?," 26 May 2020 That term—20:1 muscular amplification—is a little misleading. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Sarcos offers fully mobile, insanely strong industrial exoskeletons," 22 Jan. 2020 Cohen describes the erosion of individual protections and the amplification of corporate power in areas as diverse as criminal justice, business and employment law, and voting rights. Michael O’donnell, The Atlantic, "The Supreme Court’s Enduring Bias," 29 Mar. 2020 The technology only requires a simple heat-block that maintains a constant temperature for RNA reverse transcription and DNA amplification, according to scientists. Fox News, "Scientists at Oxford University have developed a rapid testing technology for coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Testing for coronavirus involves an amplification method called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, in which samples from individuals are compared against the genetic code of the virus, Salata said. Ginger Christ, cleveland, "Cleveland Clinic identifies ‘handful’ of positive coronavirus cases after one day of testing," 13 Mar. 2020 Then there’s our highly, constantly connected world, with its amplification effect. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Why Overreacting to the Threat of the Coronavirus May Be Rational," 11 Mar. 2020 These entities can provide invaluable resources to campaigns: door-knocking manpower, voter registration help, or social media message amplification. Jack Houghteling, Teen Vogue, "Endorsements for 2020 Democratic Candidates Say a Lot About Their Campaigns," 12 Feb. 2020 Even so, the advent of amplification and rock music put symphonic musicians on the defensive. New York Times, "Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of amplification

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Amplification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplification. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio) \

Medical Definition of amplification

1 : an act, example, or product of amplifying
2 : a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)

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