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Pronunciation: rep'li-ka'shun


  1. The execution of an experiment or study more than once so as to confirm the original findings, increase precision, and obtain a closer estimate of sampling error.
  2. Autoreproduction or duplication, as in mitosis or cellular biology.
  3. DNA-directed DNA synthesis.

See: autoreproduction

[L. replicatio, a reply, fr. replico, pp. -atus, to fold back]

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