duplication

noun

du·​pli·​ca·​tion ˌdü-pli-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce duplication (audio)
 also  ˌdyü-
1
a
: the act or process of duplicating
b
: the quality or state of being duplicated
2
3
: a part of a chromosome in which the genetic material is repeated
also : the process of forming a duplication

Example Sentences

He sent the manuscript out for duplication. Please eliminate duplication when combining the lists.
Recent Examples on the Web Jack conceded, though, that there needs to be less duplication of oversight by teams of state workers issuing sometimes-conflicting directives. Dallas News, 6 June 2022 So unlike Windbichler’s shredder, which reaches only half the males in a mosquito population, CRISPR-Cas9 drives its transgene through the entire horde, thanks to internal duplication. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 20 Feb. 2015 The substance of their work—the duplication of religious texts—helped sustain the Church’s legacy. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 Oksvold found evidence of duplication in 25% of the articles. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2015 Elections workers must now hand-transfer the votes from those ballots to new ones that can be read in a painstaking process that also raises the possibility of duplication errors. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 In the meantime, researchers at various institutions have tried to automate the detection of image manipulation and duplication, sometimes using artificial intelligence — in other words, find a way to do what Bik and others do, but at massive scale. Adam Marcus And Ivan Oransky, STAT, 2 Dec. 2022 The goal was to reduce duplication and more efficiently allocate funds. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2022 According to the suit, provisions in the agreement were intended to help prevent duplication of academic offerings at the schools, but the plaintiffs allege that over the years similar degree programs were offered at both FAMU and FSU. Justin Gamble, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of duplication was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Duplication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duplication. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

duplication

noun
du·​pli·​ca·​tion ˌd(y)ü-pli-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce duplication (audio)
1
a
: an act or process of duplicating
b
: the state of being duplicated
2

Medical Definition

duplication

noun
du·​pli·​ca·​tion ˌd(y)ü-pli-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce duplication (audio)
1
: the act or process of duplicating : the quality or state of being duplicated
2
: a part of a chromosome in which the genetic material is repeated
also : the process of forming a duplication

Legal Definition

duplication

noun
du·​pli·​ca·​tion ˌdü-pli-ˈkā-shən, ˌdyü- How to pronounce duplication (audio)
: the act, process, or result of duplicating

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