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replicate verb (replicated, replicating) 1 a to make a replica of something; b to reproduce or copy something exactly. 2 to repeat (a scientific experiment). 3 intrans said of a molecule, virus, etc: to make a replica of itself. 4 to fold back. noun 1 music a tone one or more octaves from a given tone. 2 a repetition of a scientific experiment. adj 1 biol said of a leaf, an insect's wing, etc: folded back. 2 said of a scientific experiment: being a replicate or repetition. replication noun 1 the act of replicating. 2 law the plaintiff's answer to the defendant's plea. replicative adj.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: from Latin replicare, replicatum to fold back.
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