Origin of replicate

1525–35; < Late Latin replicātus past participle of replicāre to fold back. See re-, ply2, -ate1
Related formsnon·rep·li·cate, adjectivenon·rep·li·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for replicate


verb (ˈrɛplɪˌkeɪt) (mainly tr)

(also intr) to make or be a copy of; reproduce
to fold (something) over on itself; bend back
to reply to

adjective (ˈrɛplɪkɪt)

folded back on itselfa replicate leaf
Derived Formsreplicative, adjective

Word Origin for replicate

C19: from Latin replicātus bent back; see replica
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Word Origin and History for replicate



early 15c., "repeat," from Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare (see reply). Meaning "to copy, reproduce, make a replica of" is from 1882, a back-formation from replication. Genetic sense is first recorded 1957. Related: Replicated; replicating.

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Medicine definitions for replicate


[ rĕplĭ-kāt′ ]


To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.
To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of genetic material, a cell, or an organism.


A repetition of an experiment or a procedure.
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