rep·​li·​ca·​tive ˈre-pli-ˌkā-tiv How to pronounce replicative (audio)
: of, relating to, involved in, or characterized by replication
the replicative form of tobacco mosaic virus

Examples of replicative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senescence is a natural process of replicative arrest that prevents an oncogenic transformation of aberrant cells. Salvatore Viscomi, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 Malaria is a protozoan parasite of the rather large genus Plasmodium that has long exploited the tenuous relationship between humans and mosquitos for its own unscrupulous replicative means, infecting humans through the the efficient delivery system of the mosquito’s syringe-like proboscis. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2014 Bone and brain cancers seem to be ruled by chance, as most of the mutations are caused by unpredictable replicative errors. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2017 In a series of elegant experiments described by Syed et al., the Gladstone Institutes have examined the intrinsic replicative properties of the virus in the absence of the Orf proteins using a simplified virus-like particle. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 The speaks to the existing replicative efficiency caused by other mutations in the genome, as Omicron replicates significantly well despite no major mutations in this region. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 While data talent is fundamental in moving forward migration and transformation projects, an inordinate amount of time is spent on replicative activities such as ingesting, incrementally updating, organizing and managing data. Amar Arsikere, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Please note that every major variant has significant mutations in the Orf1ab replicative complex, the non-spike structural proteins E, M, and N, and the regulatory protein. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 In addition to concealing its replicative activities, SARS-CoV-2 disables cellular protein synthesis. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


replicate entry 1 + -ive

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of replicative was in 1825

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“Replicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


rep·​li·​ca·​tive ˈrep-li-ˌkāt-iv How to pronounce replicative (audio)
: of, relating to, involved in, or characterized by replication
conversion of single stranded … DNA to a double stranded replicative formNature
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