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quadruplet

[kwo-druhp-lit, -droo-plit, kwod-roo-plit] /kwɒˈdrʌp lɪt, -ˈdru plɪt, ˈkwɒd rʊ plɪt/
noun
1.
any group or combination of four.
2.
quadruplets, four children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
3.
one of four such children or offspring.
4.
Music. a group of four notes of equal value performed in the time normally taken for three.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; quadruple + -et (modeled on triplet)
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Examples for quadruplets
  • When the nine-banded species of this mammal breeds it bears monozygotic quadruplets.
  • She had never menstruated, but gave birth to quadruplets after extensive hormone treatments.
  • The nine-banded armadillo always gives birth to same gender quadruplets from a single egg.
  • Genetically identical quadruplets are born in the spring and will start to emerge from the den in early summer.
British Dictionary definitions for quadruplets

quadruplet

/ˈkwɒdrʊplɪt; kwɒˈdruːplɪt/
noun
1.
one of four offspring born at one birth Often shortened to quad
2.
a group or set of four similar things
3.
(music) a group of four notes to be played in a time value of three
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Word Origin and History for quadruplets

quadruplet

n.

"one of four children at a single birth," 1787; from quadruple (adj.) with ending from triplet. Related: Quadruplets. Musical sense is from 1873.

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quadruplets in Medicine

quadruplet quad·ru·plet (kwŏ-drŭp'lĭt, -drōō'plĭt, kwŏd'rə-plĭt)
n.

  1. One of four offspring born in a single birth.

  2. A group or combination of four associated by common properties or behavior.

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