[ rep-li-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


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 forms

non·rep·li·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for replication


/ (ˌrɛplɪˈkeɪʃən) /


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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Medicine definitions for replication


[ rĕp′lĭ-kāshən ]


The act or process of duplicating or reproducing something.
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