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
Word Origin for replicon
C20: from replic (ation) + -on
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A genetic element that undergoes replication as an autonomous unit.
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