follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

replication

[rep-li-key-shuh n] /ˌrɛp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a reply; answer.
2.
a reply to an answer.
3.
Law. the reply of the plaintiff or complainant to the defendant's plea or answer.
4.
reverberation; echo.
5.
a copy.
6.
the act or process of replicating, especially for experimental purposes.
7.
Genetics. the process by which double-stranded DNA makes copies of itself, each strand, as it separates, synthesizing a complementary strand.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English replicacioun < Middle French replication < Latin replicātiōn- (stem of replicātiō) a rolling back, equivalent to replicāt(us) (see replicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonreplication, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for re plication
replication
late 14c., "action of folding back," also "legal reply, rejoinder," from Anglo-Fr. replicacioun, O.Fr. replication, from L. replicationem (nom. replicatio) "a reply, repetition, a folding back," from replicatus, pp. of replicare "to repeat, reply," lit. "to fold back" (see reply). Meaning "copy, reproduction" first recorded 1690s. Replicate "to make a replica of" is from 1882; specifically of genetic material from 1957.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
re plication in Medicine

replication rep·li·ca·tion (rěp'lĭ-kā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of duplicating or reproducing something.

  2. Autoreproduction.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for replication

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for re

2
2
Scrabble Words With Friends