Glossary Definition
In reference to the process of science, to repeat a study using methods equivalent to the original's and obtain similar results. Sometimes the term is also applied to situations in which one study's findings are backed up by the results of another study, regardless of the methods employed. Since science aims to uncover the broadly applicable rules by which the universe operates, scientists aim for their studies' findings to be replicable. When a study cannot be replicated, it suggests that our current understanding of the study system or our methods of testing are insufficient. To learn more, visit Copycats in science: The role of replication.

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