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Syllabification: trip·li·cate

Definition of triplicate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈtripləkət
Existing in three copies or examples: triplicate measurements
More example sentences
  • Their ß-galactosidase activities were measured as described before and are shown as means of triplicate values with standard deviations.
  • The triplicate theme extends from colour-coded cups to piggy banks and tricycles, though the girls are rarely dressed in identical outfits and their individual tastes are always encouraged.
  • The standard curve was prepared by triplicate evaluations of the protein concentrations.


Pronunciation: /ˈtripləkət
archaic Back to top  
A thing that is part of a set of three copies or corresponding parts: the triplicate of a letter to the Governor
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  • So in 1998 he filled out the requisite triplicates, signed on the mandatory dotted lines and did whatever else he thought necessary to bring in a foreign domestic to tend to her.


Pronunciation: /ˈtripləˌkāt
[with object] Back to top  
Make three copies of (something); multiply by three.
Example sentences
  • In the class III clones, a locus on the left arm had been triplicated and a substantial part of the right arm up to the terminal locus was missing.
  • As you may have gathered, there were no sets or glamorous costumes; what scenery there was, was brought on and off by members of the very talented and hardworking cast of 35, who also duplicated and triplicated the characters.
  • Third, many agronomically important genes or their alleles are chromosome specific and are not triplicated.


late Middle English: from Latin triplicat- 'made three', from the verb triplicare, from triplex, triplic- 'threefold' (see triplex). The verb dates from the early 17th century.


in triplicate

Three times in exactly the same way: the procedure was repeated in triplicate
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  • Assays were repeated in triplicate for each condition, and tubing morphogenesis was evaluated.
  • The experiments of PAS were repeated in triplicate, and an average value was obtained with estimated error bars.
  • All experiments were performed in triplicate and repeated twice.
1.1Existing as a set of three exact copies: this form is in triplicate and must be handed to all employees
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  • On Friday, my friend Nigel and I set off armed with copies in triplicate of the witness statements I'd collected to deliver to said parties as per court order.
  • Unless, of course, they break up, in which case you'll require an immediate fax and hard copies in triplicate.
  • I didn't imagine that his ‘special’ work required quite so much mind-numbing red tape and endless copies in triplicate.



Pronunciation: /ˌtripləˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • A face can also be doubled (or multiplied, for instance, in the triplication of one actress within the same image) or borrowed.
  • This map is used to estimate the degree of redundancy of chromosomes (i.e., the number of duplications, triplications, etc.).
  • Originally presented to staff as a means of reducing administrative triplication, it has since become clear that the plan will eliminate at least 250 jobs, including teaching positions, mainly at the lowest pay scales.

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