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clone

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noun \ˈklōn\

Simple Definition of clone

  • biology : a plant or animal that is grown from one cell of its parent and that has exactly the same genes as its parent

  • : a product (such as a computer) that is a copy of another product produced by a well-known company

  • : a person or thing that appears to be an exact copy of another person or thing

Full Definition of clone

  1. 1 a :  the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by a single progenitor cell or organism b :  an individual grown from a single somatic cell or cell nucleus and genetically identical to it c :  a group of replicas of all or part of a macromolecule and especially DNA <clones of identical recombinant DNA sequences>

  2. 2 :  one that appears to be a copy of an original form :  duplicate <a clone of a personal computer>

clon·al play \ˈklō-nəl\ adjective
clon·al·ly play \-nə-lē\ adverb

Examples of clone

  1. the clone of an adult female sheep

  2. <the car is a clone under a different brand name—it's even manufactured in the same plant as its cousin>



Origin of clone

Greek klōn twig, slip; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast


First Known Use: 1903


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clone

verb

Simple Definition of clone

  • : to make an exact copy of (a person, animal, or plant) : to make a clone of (something or someone)

Full Definition of clone

clonedclon·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to propagate a clone from

  3. 2 :  to make a copy of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to produce a clone

clon·er play \ˈklō-nər\ noun

Examples of clone

  1. Do you think scientists should clone humans?

  2. a plant produced by cloning



Circa 1948

First Known Use of clone

circa 1948



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