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[ri-doo-pli-key-shuh n, -dyoo-] /rɪˌdu plɪˈkeɪ ʃən, -ˌdyu-/
the act of reduplicating; the state of being reduplicated.
something resulting from reduplicating.
  1. reduplicating as a grammatical pattern.
  2. the added element in a reduplicated form.
  3. a form containing a reduplicated element.
Origin of reduplication
First recorded in 1580-90, reduplication is from the Late Latin word reduplicātiōn- (stem of reduplicātiō). See reduplicate, -ion
Related forms
self-reduplication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reduplication
Historical Examples
  • One (St. Martha's) is passed on both sides by a reduplication of the track.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • C4-6 are a reduplication, not unnatural indeed, but pro tanto tautological.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • In the composition I have chosen for our illustration, this reduplication 139 is employed to a singular extent.

  • The difference lies, not in its reduplication, but in its distribution.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • There is a large collection of reasons for this reduplication of monotonous sounds.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • And this reduplication of the grievous mistake he had made on the field of Ligny was absolutely fatal.

    Battles of English History H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • The reduplication had, however, entirely disappeared in the oldest period of the language.

  • The triple panelling to the tower arch and the reduplication of the chancel arch is a little peculiar.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Derivation is effected by infixes, prefixes, affixes and reduplication.

  • The most characteristic examples of reduplication are such as repeat only part of the radical element.

    Language Edward Sapir
British Dictionary definitions for reduplication


the process or an instance of redoubling
the state, condition, or quality of being redoubled
a thing that has been redoubled
repetition of a sound or syllable in a word, as in the formation of the Latin perfect tetigi from tangere "touch"
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Word Origin and History for reduplication

1580s, from French réduplication (16c.), from Late Latin reduplicationem (nominative reduplicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of reduplicare (see reduplicate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reduplication in Medicine

reduplication re·du·pli·ca·tion (rĭ-dōō'plĭ-kā'shən, -dyōō'-)

  1. A redoubling.

  2. A duplication or doubling, as of the sounds of the heart in certain diseased states.

  3. The abnormal presence of two parts instead of a single part.

  4. A fold or duplicature.

re·du'pli·cate' v.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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