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[doo-pli-key-shuh n, dyoo-] /ˌdu plɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌdyu-/
an act or instance of duplicating.
the state of being duplicated.
Genetics. a type of chromosomal aberration in which a region of the chromosome is repeated.
Origin of duplication
1490-1500; (< Anglo-French) < Latin duplicātiōn- (stem of duplicātiō), equivalent to duplicāt(us) (see duplicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonduplication, noun
preduplication, noun
self-duplication, noun
superduplication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for duplication
  • By the time you've collected a hundred or so, you can use the rate of duplication to estimate the total number of cards.
  • To better understand this range and avoid duplication of earlier contests, check out the archive of previous contests.
  • Biologically, all future organization has grown out of it, by a process of duplication and interrelationship.
  • Wasteful duplication and proliferation of lines could easily result if there were no public regulation.
  • Since everyone of them is designed in their workrooms, you will find no duplication here.
  • Experimental physics requires independent corroboration and duplication.
  • It means infinite duplication without loss of quality.
  • Shorter telomeres actually leads to duplication errors and epigenetic irregularities.
  • Prior studies have come up with different duplication rates.
  • How much is packaged hype, duplication, artificial obsolescence.
British Dictionary definitions for duplication


the act of duplicating or the state of being duplicated
a copy; duplicate
(genetics) a mutation in which there are two or more copies of a gene or of a segment of a chromosome
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Word Origin and History for duplication

early 15c., "doubling," from Middle French duplicacion (13c.) and directly from Latin duplicationem (nominative duplicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of duplicare (see duplicate (adj.)). Meaning "repetition" is from 1580s.

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duplication in Medicine

duplication du·pli·ca·tion (dōō'plĭ-kā'shən, dyōō'-)
The existence or growth into two corresponding parts.

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