replication

noun
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Coronaviruses in general have adapted to develop a wide variety of strategies to continue their replication and to infect and reinfect multiple species over millions of years. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Coronaviruses produce a host of proteins essential for their replication, and each could be a target of a new drug. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Two mutations are at a site the virus uses to pry its way into those cells and hijack them for its own replication. Melissa Healy, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2021 Two mutations are at a site the virus uses to pry its way into those cells and hijack them for its own replication. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 The pills are designed to do that -- each by stopping different stages of its replication. Maggie Fox, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021 Consider the present: Delta itself, of course, has also brought its own set of unknowns related to its faster replication and ability to infect. Gregory Barber, Wired, 13 Sep. 2021 Current estimates suggest that BA.2 variants have replication rates at least 30% greater than BA.1 variants. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Google’s replication of code copyrighted by Oracle Corp. ; and limiting the power of school administrators to police student expression off campus. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replication

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

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15 May 2022

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replication

noun
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

replication

noun
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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