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 Their replication rate just never got as high as many other countries. New York Times, "Why Melinda Gates Spends Time ‘Letting My Heart Break’," 4 Dec. 2020 AstraZeneca's vaccine uses what's called a replication deficient virus to deliver a piece of genetic material from the coronavirus. Maggie Fox, CNN, "When can I get a coronavirus vaccine?," 30 Nov. 2020 The trial will enroll people early in the disease — within 13 days of showing symptoms — in an attempt to stop replication and lower the viral load. Emily Woodruff,, "Lab-created antibodies to be tested in coronavirus patients by LSU researchers," 18 Aug. 2020 The scientists believe the dogs pick up on a specific scent produced by volatile organic compounds that are generated by catabolites, substances produced by the replication of the virus that escape the body through sweat. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 by sniffing human sweat, study suggests," 10 Dec. 2020 When the virus tries to replicate, its enzymes incorporate the drug into the new genome, and the replication fails. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "For COVID Drugs, Months of Frantic Development Lead to Few Outright Successes," 13 Nov. 2020 So this allows for viral replication within their own bodies, and to allow viral spillover to happen without actually damaging them in the first place. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Virus Hunters makes a strong case that COVID-19 is just the wake-up call," 1 Nov. 2020 The virus begins making copies of its RNA, which contains the genetic instructions for replication. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Covid-19 Drug Remdesivir Fully Approved by FDA," 22 Oct. 2020 In 1997, Rice and his team identified the region of the virus’ genome that was responsible for replication. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Three Scientists Who Discovered Hepatitis C," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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“Replication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 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) \

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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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