qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrü-plət, -ˈdrə-; ˈkwä-drə-plət \

Definition of quadruplet

1 : a combination of four of a kind
2 : one of four offspring produced in the same pregnancy
3 : a group of four musical notes to be performed in the time ordinarily given to three of the same kind

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The quadruplets, who are the first set in the Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center’s 98-year history, join their three other siblings, ages 10, 9 and 4, respectively. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas woman expecting triplets surprised with quadruplets," 24 May 2018 Linda and Thomas Agi welcomed home their newborn quadruplets Wednesday, four weeks after they were born, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU reports. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Houston family welcomes home quadruplets on Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 The odds of conceiving quadruplets sans IVF or fertility therapy are 1 in 700,000. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom Became 1 in 700,00 When She Conceived Quadruplets Naturally," 22 Dec. 2016 The quadruplets weighed about 20 to 25 pounds each. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "They had a 1 in 11 million chance of survival. Now these quadruplet calves need names," 8 June 2018 The quadruplets' mama doesn't have one, though Tired seems fitting. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "They had a 1 in 11 million chance of survival. Now these quadruplet calves need names," 8 June 2018 JR Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jeff Knutson estimates that at least once per tournament, someone will ask if his children are quadruplets. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Triplets and a younger brother by 15 months compose entire Brookfield East singles lineup as tennis team preps for state," 5 June 2018 Bellush’s 23-month-old quadruplets were at home at the time of the slaying. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Uresti trial set to begin as most salacious criminal case in years," 17 Jan. 2018 But the 18-year-old quadruplets from South Jersey have something else in common: All four are pursuing careers in medicine, following the path of their late mother, who died when the teens were 2. Emily Babay, Philly.com, "New Temple stadium talks and protests. Joel Embiid gets an extension. Arrest in activist's killing. | Morning Newsletter," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of quadruplet

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of quadruplet

: one of four babies that are born at the same time to the same mother


qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrü-plət, -ˈdrə-\

Kids Definition of quadruplet

: one of four offspring born at one birth


qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrəp-lət, -ˈdrüp-; ˈkwäd-rəp- \

Medical Definition of quadruplet

1 : one of four offspring born at one birth
2 quadruplets plural : a group of four offspring born at one birth

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