- any genetic element that can regulate and effect its own replication from initiation to completion.
Origin of replicon
< French (1963), shortened form of réplication; see -on1
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- genetics a region of a DNA molecule that is replicated from a single origin
C20: from replic (ation) + -on
- A genetic element that undergoes replication as an autonomous unit.