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

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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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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 The work was done in the US and had an initial experiment of 381 people, along with a replication with another 417. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 Conceptually, this is a modern-day replication of Thomas Young's double-slit experiment. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "‘Through Two Doors at Once’ Review: Interfering With Reality," 3 Aug. 2018 That's why Ford has upgraded its Robutt to include sweat replication. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ford's Sweaty Robutt is The Perfect Rear End Test," 11 Jan. 2019 The researchers themselves called for more studies, and replication will be particularly important given their results seem to diverge with the rest of the evidence base. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Does cutting carbs really help keep weight off? The big new diet study, explained.," 17 Nov. 2018 In science, replication of findings is key; the more studies that point in the same direction, the more confident scientists feel about that path of discovery. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 So far, results have been mixed, with some studies showing inhibited virus replication and others showing basically none. Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 Created by Congress in 2010, TPPP grants were designed to fund evaluation and replication of programs to reduce teenage pregnancy. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Courts Force Trump Administration to Fund Sex Ed Research," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of replication

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

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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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