Pronunciation: (rep"li-kā'shun), [key]
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, esp. 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.
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