rep·li·ca·tion | \ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən \

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

3a : copy, reproduction

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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Solomon Cordwell Buenz has tried a different approach: Not a harmonious replication of the original design, as Lagrange attempted, or a wild, Soldier Field-style addition that offers a violent juxtaposition of past and present. Blair Kamin,, "Union Station plans on the wrong track," 25 June 2018 But Winkleman insists that the analog measurements, while infinitely slower than modern tools like laser scanners, produce a far more accurate model—a kind of gold master for any future replications or alterations of that weapon. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 In a frameshift an added or deleted molecular building block called a nucleotide throws a wrench into a cell’s replication gearbox. Keridwen Cornelius, Scientific American, "A Shot against Cancer Slated for Testing in Massive Dog Study," 7 June 2018 Exciting new findings are a route to tenure and fame, and there’s little reward for replication studies. Peter Wood And, WSJ, "How Bad Is the Government’s Science?," 16 Apr. 2018 Sculley and Treviño counter that the historic interpretation of the Alamo footprint, including lowering the surface by 16 inches and replication of an old acequia, would preclude vehicle access on Alamo Street. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 But the ongoing replication crisis in the behavioral sciences could undermine the hope for clarity through research. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 Mxra8 doesn’t seem to be required for viral replication, only for viral entry into cells. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Researchers identify a protein that viruses use as gateway into cells," 24 May 2018 Since the early 2000s, Saransk has been the base for one of Russia's clubs for historical fencing, a sport that includes the study, reenactment, replication and performance of European swordplay from centuries ago. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "World Cup host set for historical fencing to forget soccer," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of replication

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

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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rep·li·ca·tion | \ˌrep-lə-ˈkā-shən \

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 \

Legal Definition of replication 

: reply

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