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[adj., n. rep-li-kit; v. rep-li-keyt] /adj., n. ˈrɛp lɪ kɪt; v. ˈrɛp lɪˌkeɪt/
Also, replicated. folded; bent back on itself.
verb (used with object), replicated, replicating.
to bend or fold back:
a replicated leaf.
to repeat, duplicate, or reproduce, especially for experimental purposes.
verb (used without object), replicated, replicating.
to undergo replication.
something that is replicated, as an experiment or procedure.
Origin of replicate
1525-35; < Late Latin replicātus past participle of replicāre to fold back. See re-, ply2, -ate1
Related forms
nonreplicate, adjective
nonreplicated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for replicate
  • One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists' work and replicate their experiments.
  • The scientific community cannot replicate his results.
  • Scientists have created a robot that can replicate itself in minutes.
  • The reovirus takes advantage of this deficit to replicate inside cancer cells.
  • It makes me chuckle to think of what we've have to go through to replicate court tennis at our end of the world.
  • The ability to replicate large-scale military and government network enclaves.
  • True, several subsequent studies failed to replicate that report or replicated only parts of it.
  • In their own ways, each pre-college program looks to replicate art-school curricula.
  • But other researchers failed to replicate their results and it was clear that a mistake had been made.
  • Kang says he plans to replicate the work in cows and chickens.
British Dictionary definitions for replicate


verb (mainly transitive) (ˈrɛplɪˌkeɪt)
(also intransitive) to make or be a copy of; reproduce
to fold (something) over on itself; bend back
to reply to
adjective (ˈrɛplɪkɪt)
folded back on itself: a replicate leaf
Derived Forms
replicative, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin replicātus bent back; see replica
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Word Origin and History for replicate

early 15c., "repeat," from Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare (see reply). Meaning "to copy, reproduce, make a replica of" is from 1882, a back-formation from replication. Genetic sense is first recorded 1957. Related: Replicated; replicating.

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replicate in Medicine

replicate rep·li·cate (rěp'lĭ-kāt')
v. rep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing, rep·li·cates

  1. To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.

  2. To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of genetic material, a cell, or an organism.

A repetition of an experiment or a procedure.
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