- a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.
- a population of identical units, cells, or individuals that derive from the same ancestral line.
verb (used with object), cloned, clon·ing.
- to cause to grow as a clone.
- to separate (a batch of cells or cell products) so that each portion produces only its own kind.
verb (used without object), cloned, clon·ing.
Origin of clone
Examples from the Web for clonal
Historical Examples of clonal
Lounsberry published kernel cavity measurements for 64 clonal selections and related these to kernel weight per nut.
In other words, we are trying to get a start on a clonal rootstock.
We know that even the use of clonal rootstocks does not entirely eliminate variability.
I do not know whether or not there have been clonal rootstocks selected for Chinese chestnut.
Eventually, if this thing works, we will establish a clonal line.
- a mobile phone that has been given the electronic identity of an existing mobile phone, so that calls made on the second phone are charged to the owner of the first phone
- any similar object or device, such as a credit card, that has been given the electronic identity of another device usually in order to commit theft
Word Origin for clone
1903, in botany, from Greek klon "a twig, spray," related to klados "sprout, young branch, offshoot of a plant," possibly from PIE root *kel- "to strike, cut" (see holt). Figurative use by 1978.
1959, from clone (n.). Related: Cloned; cloning. Extension to genetic duplication of animals and human beings is from 1970.