replication

noun rep·li·ca·tion \ ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of replication

1 a : 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

  1. bought a smaller and cheaper replication of the marble statue for his garden

  2. we'll need to do a replication of that experiment so we can collect more data

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First Known Use of replication

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Medical Dictionary

replication

noun 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

Law Dictionary

replication

noun rep·li·ca·tion \ ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən \

legal Definition of replication

: reply

Origin and Etymology of 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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