[ self-rep-li-key-ting, self- ]

  1. reproducing itself by its own power or inherent nature: self-replicating organisms.

  2. Genetics. making an exact copy or copies of itself, as a strand of DNA.

Origin of self-replicating

First recorded in 1955–60

Other words from self-replicating

  • self-rep·li·ca·tion, noun

Words Nearby self-replicating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023