rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce replication (audio) \

Definition of replication

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 The vaccinated animals showed no signs of virus replication in the lungs, significantly lower levels of respiratory disease and no lung damage compared to control animals. Fox News, "Investigational vaccine protects monkeys against COVID-19 pneumonia," 16 May 2020 But this didn’t take into account restriction factors, specialized built-in immune responses—usually proteins—which are released in cells to prevent the replication of different viruses. Mallory Pickett, Wired, "The Search for a Covid-19 Research Animal Model," 11 May 2020 This terminates the production of the RNA strand and is what ultimately sabotages the replication of the virus. Katherine Seley-radtke, The Conversation, "Remdesivir explained – what makes this drug work against viruses?," 6 May 2020 Hope has been put in drugs that attempt to slow the replication of the virus—those currently in clinical trials like remdesivir, ivermectin, and hydroxychloroquine. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others," 21 Apr. 2020 On a molecular level, one time of day is not like another: not for liver enzymes (which regularly rise and fall in concentration), not for dividing skin cells (which vary their pace of replication) nor for any number of other biological subsystems. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 Like remdesivir, the medication works as a nucleoside analogue, interfering with viral replication. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Here’s What We Know about the Most Touted Drugs Tested for COVID-19," 16 Apr. 2020 So there are antivirals that are being looked at that change the way the virus might attach to cells in your body or change the way the virus replicates and block its replication within your body. Jacqueline Landry, The Atlantic, "Social Distance: Trump’s Miracle Cure," 9 Apr. 2020 Their fast replication and high rates of mutation supply them with lots of genetic variation. David Quammen, Popular Science, "Where will the next pandemic come from?," 15 Oct. 2012

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First Known Use of replication

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

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The first known use of replication was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Replication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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) \

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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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