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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of replicare; REPLY1


1 [transitive] formal if you replicate someone's work, a scientific study etc, you do it again, or try to get the same result again:
There is a need for further research to replicate these findings.
2 [intransitive and transitive] technical if a virus or a molecule replicates, or if it replicates itself, it divides and produces exact copies of itself:
the ability of DNA to replicate itself
replication noun [uncountable and countable]

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