|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]