amplicon

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noun am·pli·con \ˈam-plə-ˌkän\

Definition of amplicon

plural

amplicons

genetics

  1. :  a segment of chromosomal DNA that undergoes amplification and contains replicated genetic material After PCR, the amplicon is captured by hybridization to a specific oligonucleotide probe, which increases the overall specificity of the test. — Benjamin T. Davis et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 19 Jan. 2006

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Origin and Etymology of amplicon

ampli(fy) (in cloning-amplifying vector) + -icon (as in replicon)


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