rep·li·cate • v. / ˈrepliˌkāt/ [tr.] make an exact copy of; reproduce: it might be impractical to replicate eastern culture in the west. ∎ (replicate itself) (of genetic material or a living organism) reproduce or give rise to a copy of itself: interleukin-16 prevents the virus from replicating itself | [intr.] an enzyme that HIV needs in order to replicate. ∎ repeat (a scientific experiment or trial) to obtain a consistent result: these findings have been replicated by Atwood and Jackson.• adj. / -kit/ of the nature of a copy: a replicate Earth. ∎ of the nature of a repetition of a scientific experiment or trial: the variation of replicate measurements.• n. / -kit/ 1. a close or exact copy; a replica. ∎ a repetition of an experimental test or procedure.2. Mus. a tone one or more octaves above or below the given tone.DERIVATIVES: rep·li·ca·bil·i·ty / ˌreplikəˈbilətē/ n.rep·li·ca·ble / ˈreplikəbəl/ adj.