Pronunciation: (dOO'pleks, dyOO'-), [key]
1. See duplex apartment.
2. See duplex house.
3. paper or cardboard having different colors, finishes, or stocks on opposite sides.
a. a method of reproducing an illustration using two halftone plates, one black and the other in a color.
b. a printing press equipped to print both sides of a sheet in one pass.
5. Genetics.a double-stranded region of DNA.
1. having two parts; double; twofold.
2. (of a machine) having two identical working units, operating together or independently, in a single framework or assembly.
3. pertaining to or noting a telecommunications system, as most telephone systems, permitting the simultaneous transmission of two messages in opposite directions over one channel.
to make duplex; make or change into a duplex: Many owners are duplexing their old houses for extra income.
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