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
Recent Examples on the Web From the astounding poetics of writer Warsan Shire being generously dispersed throughout to the replication of Julie Dash’s imagery from Daughters of the Dust, the imaginations of Black women were infinitely elevated. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, "5 Years of Lemonade," 23 Apr. 2021 Australian researchers found in June that ivermectin inhibited the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in a petri dish, but this effect has not been replicated in actual humans. Paul Best, Fox News, "FDA warns against using head lice drug ivermectin to treat coronavirus," 7 Mar. 2021 Merck said testing found that the drug, called molnupiravir, inhibits replication of the virus. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Merck, Partner Halt Covid-19 Treatment Trial for Hospitalized Patients," 15 Apr. 2021 Laboratory studies found that in Petri dishes budesonide inhibits replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. The Economist, "Home help Budesonide, a cheap asthma drug, can alleviate covid-19 at home," 12 Apr. 2021 An example would be a mutation that improves the ability of the virus to attach more tightly to human cells, thus enhancing viral replication. Paulo Verardi, The Conversation, "How worried should you be about coronavirus variants? A virologist explains his concerns," 8 Apr. 2021 By slowing replication of the virus, interferons buy time for the rest of the immune system. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why the Coronavirus Can Infect Us Without Making Us Sick," 7 Apr. 2021 Ongoing surveillance and containment measures need to be strengthened to prevent the emergence of new variants by minimising viral replication. Prafulla Shriyan, Quartz, "India’s response to Covid-19 must change after the new coronavirus variant," 6 Apr. 2021 Phil Plait, writer for Slate's Bad Astronomy blog, recorded a replication of the snowball experiment and posted it to Bad Astronmy's YouTube page. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Sublimation, not government conspiracy, explains snowmelt videos," 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of replication

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

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3 May 2021

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“Replication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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