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quintuplet

[kwin-tuhp-lit, -too-plit, -tyoo-, kwin-too-plit, -tyoo-] /kwɪnˈtʌp lɪt, -ˈtu plɪt, -ˈtyu-, ˈkwɪn tʊ plɪt, -tyʊ-/
noun
1.
any group or combination of five, especially of the same kind.
2.
quintuplets, five children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
3.
one of five such children or offspring.
4.
Music. a group of five notes of equal value performed in the time normally taken for four.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; quintuple + -et
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British Dictionary definitions for quintuplet

quintuplet

/ˈkwɪntjʊplɪt; kwɪnˈtjuːplɪt/
noun
1.
a group or set of five similar things
2.
one of five offspring born at one birth Often shortened to quin
3.
(music) a group of five notes to be played in a time value of three, four, or some other value
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Word Origin and History for quintuplet
n.

1873, "set of five things" (originally in music), from quintuple (adj.) with ending from triplet. In plural, "five children at one birth" it is recorded from 1889.

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quintuplet in Medicine

quintuplet quin·tu·plet (kwĭn-tŭp'lĭt, -tōō'plĭt, -tyōō'-, kwĭn'tə-plĭt)
n.

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

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

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