rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce replication (audio) \

Definition of replication

1a : answer, reply
b(1) : an answer to a reply : rejoinder
(2) : a plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea, answer, or counterclaim
b : the action or process of reproducing or duplicating replication of DNA viral replication
4 : performance of an experiment or procedure more than once

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Examples of replication in a Sentence

bought a smaller and cheaper replication of the marble statue for his garden we'll need to do a replication of that experiment so we can collect more data

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Because connection is an inherent part of the art form itself, Grandma’s House doesn’t require precise replication of any one familial home, Mema’s or Watson’s. Nicole Blackwood,, "‘Grandma’s House’ open mic builds chosen family from poetry performance," 25 June 2019 As with this round, the only application to earn approval was for a replication of an already successful city charter. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore school board votes to approve new charter, rejects another's expansion proposal," 12 June 2019 Superficiality, a lack of depth, a lack of creativity, over-dependence on marketing, over-dependence on mass communication, over-dependence on uniformity, over-dependence on replication, that’s what creates weaknesses. Lindzi Scharf,, "For Louis Vuitton’s CEO, L.A. is ‘the culture capital of the world’," 4 July 2019 Life-size replications of a space-shuttle flight-deck and mid-deck were made for the movie. Matt Wake |,, "Secrets of the ’80s ‘SpaceCamp’ movie, revealed," 3 July 2019 Its success bred widespread replication, making it a must-do for visitors. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019 The band previously dodged flying fruit, and their dance moves have inspired numerous viral replications. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Scored a Touchdown During the Group's Chicago Concert," 14 May 2019 The experiments are far too complex and require far too much replication to ever make sense doing in front of an audience. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "See Science Fair even if you’ve never entered one in your life," 16 Sep. 2018 Genomic changes typically arise from rare errors during cell replication, or from exposure to carcinogens or radiation. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of replication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌrep-lə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce replication (audio) \

Medical Definition of replication

1 : the action or process of reproducing or duplicating replication of DNA
2 : performance of an experiment or procedure more than once


rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce replication (audio) \

Legal Definition of replication

: reply

History and Etymology for replication

Anglo-French, from Middle French, from Late Latin replicatio, from Latin, action of folding back, from replicare to fold back

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