[adjective, noun rep-li-kit; verb rep-li-keyt]
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verb (used with object), rep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing.
  1. to bend or fold back: a replicated leaf.
  2. to repeat, duplicate, or reproduce, especially for experimental purposes.
verb (used without object), rep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing.
  1. to undergo replication.
  1. something that is replicated, as an experiment or procedure.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (ˈrɛplɪˌkeɪt) (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to make or be a copy of; reproduce
  2. to fold (something) over on itself; bend back
  3. to reply to
adjective (ˈrɛplɪkɪt)
  1. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

replicate in Medicine


  1. To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.
  2. To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of genetic material, a cell, or an organism.
  1. A repetition of an experiment or a procedure.
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