Reproduce vs Replicate - What's the difference?

reproduce | replicate |

As verbs the difference between reproduce and replicate

is that reproduce is to produce an image or copy of something while replicate is to make a copy (replica) of.

As a noun replicate is

an outcome of a procedure.

As a adjective replicate is

(botany|zoology) folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To produce an image or copy of something.
  • (biology) To generate offspring (sexually or asexually), or organisms.
  • Humans and other mammals reproduce with their genitals.
  • To produce again; to recreate.
  • To bring something to mind; to recall.
  • Synonyms

    * (printing) (l)

    See also

    * (generate offspring) procreate, proliferate, spawn


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  • To make a copy (replica) of.
  • (label) To repeat (an experiment or trial) with a consistent result.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=[Isaac Newton] was obsessed with alchemy. He spent hours copying alchemical recipes and trying to replicate them in his laboratory. He believed that the Bible contained numerological codes.}}
  • (label) To reply.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • an outcome of a procedure.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (botany, zoology) Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.
  • a replicate leaf or petal
    the replicate margin of a shell