qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrü-plət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrə-; ˈkwä-drə-plət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) \

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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Aidan Gallagher previously starred in the Nickelodeon show, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, as the youngest quadruplet Nicky. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 Murakuma and her colleague Taketeru Tomita, codeveloper of the underwater ultrasound machine, witnessed another surprising behavior while observing the mother carrying quadruplets. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrə-\

Kids Definition of quadruplet

: one of four offspring born at one birth


qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrəp-lət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrüp-; ˈkwäd-rəp- How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) \

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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