[rep-li-key-shuh n]


Origin of replication

1325–75; Middle English replicacioun < Middle French replication < Latin replicātiōn- (stem of replicātiō) a rolling back, equivalent to replicāt(us) (see replicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·rep·li·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of replication

  • If you burn the invitation, do you prevent transmission or replication?

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    Gene Editing Could Erase HIV

    Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Michael Zhang

    June 11, 2014

  • In the 1970s, we looked at another special health care institution that seemed ripe for replication: Kaiser Permanente.

  • Living systems are defined by biological processes like replication and self-organization.

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    Ask the Big Questions

    Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow

    October 26, 2011

Historical Examples of replication

British Dictionary definitions for replication



a reply or response
law (formerly) the plaintiff's reply to a defendant's answer or plea
biology the production of exact copies of complex molecules, such as DNA molecules, that occurs during growth of living organisms
repetition of a procedure, such as a scientific experiment, in order to reduce errors
a less common word for replica

Word Origin for replication

C14: via Old French from Latin replicātiō a folding back, from replicāre to unroll; see reply
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Word Origin and History for replication

late 14c., "action of folding back," also "legal reply (third step in the pleadings in a common-law action), rejoinder," from Anglo-French replicacioun, Old French replicacion "reply, answer," from Latin replicationem (nominative replicatio) "a reply, repetition, a folding back," from past participle stem of replicare "to repeat, reply," literally "to fold back" (see reply (v.)). Meaning "a copy, reproduction" first recorded 1690s. Sense in genetics is from 1948.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for replication




The act or process of duplicating or reproducing something.
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