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noun Genetics.
  1. any genetic element that can regulate and effect its own replication from initiation to completion.
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Origin of replicon

< French (1963), shortened form of réplication; see -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for replicon


  1. genetics a region of a DNA molecule that is replicated from a single origin
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Word Origin

C20: from replic (ation) + -on
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replicon in Medicine


  1. A genetic element that undergoes replication as an autonomous unit.
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