clone

noun
\ ˈklōn How to pronounce clone (audio) \

Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by or from 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 : one that appears to be a copy of an original form : duplicate a clone of a personal computer

clone

verb
cloned; cloning

Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to propagate a clone from
2 : to make a copy of

intransitive verb

: to produce a clone

Other Words from clone

Noun

clonal \ ˈklō-​nᵊl How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adjective
clonally \ ˈklō-​nə-​lē How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adverb

Verb

cloner \ ˈklō-​nər How to pronounce clone (audio) \ noun

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Cloning is the production of a population of genetically identical cells or of organisms asexually produced by a single cell or organism. Cloning is fundamental to most living things, since the body cells of plants and animals are clones that come from a single fertilized egg. More narrowly, the term refers to an individual organism grown from a single body cell of its parent that is genetically identical to the parent. Cloning has been commonplace in horticulture since ancient times — many varieties of plants are cloned simply by obtaining cuttings of their leaves, stems, or roots and replanting them. The body cells of adult humans and other animals are routinely cultured as clones in the laboratory. British researchers achieved the first success in cloning an adult mammal in 1996. They produced a lamb, which they named Dolly, using DNA from an adult sheep.

Examples of clone in a Sentence

Noun the clone of an adult female sheep the car is a clone under a different brand name—it's even manufactured in the same plant as its cousin Verb Do you think scientists should clone humans? a plant produced by cloning
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The series attempts to rescue the novels from their atomic-age limitations but largely squanders its material on a clone of every other blockbuster fantasy quest. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 The site looks almost entirely like a Twitter clone: A user can post Truths, which are like tweets, or Re-Truths, which are retweets. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2021 The site looks almost entirely like a Twitter clone: A user can post Truths, which are like tweets, or Re-Truths, which are retweets. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 But Richardson, who looks like a potential Cam Newton clone, is a far more talented passer than Jones and showed it as Florida got back in the game after trailing 28-13. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 If Zuckerberg's Metaverse is just a 3D immersive clone of today's Facebook, this vision does not deserve to see the light of day. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Then there is Gettr, a Twitter clone launched by Trump associate Jason Miller. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Despite the immediate similarities, Back 4 Blood isn’t just a Left 4 Dead clone with some modern sensibilities. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 22 Oct. 2021 The second source was derived from a DNA copy of the GenBank sequence NC_045512.2, a clone closely related to the Wuhan strain. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Users also can clone their own voices to create their own skins, simply by reading 15 minutes of a script. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Master Zindt will not respawn and clone himself a bunch of times. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Played immaculately by Diana Bang, Allison is indeed a genius who will surely be able and willing to clone human beings, given enough time and resources. Devon Maloney, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 Cybercriminals can clone cellphone SIMs and hijack email addresses, which makes authentication using a code sent to a phone or email problematic. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Today, the digital bears clone themselves in real time, and the firm next to you is on an Olympic training regimen for data security. Michael Sroka, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Facebook has come under fire for allegedly seeking to buy or clone its social media rivals, including by purchasing Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. Brian Fung And Clare Duffy, CNN, 23 June 2021 But today, sophisticated tools are out there that can be used to read your smart key, and clone the signal. Chaya Milchtein, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 July 2021 The terror of movie-world in the face of the Serververse is, first, that of dematerialization and image counterfeiting, as in the pseudo LeBrons whom the studio would cinematically clone and deploy. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of clone

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1930, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for clone

Noun

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

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clone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

clone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

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

clone

noun
\ ˈklōn How to pronounce clone (audio) \

Medical Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by a single progenitor cell or organism
2 : an individual grown from a single somatic cell or cell nucleus and genetically identical to it
3 : a group of replicas of all or part of a macromolecule and especially DNA

Other Words from clone

clonal \ ˈklōn-​ᵊl How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adjective
clonally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adverb

clone

verb
cloned; cloning

Medical Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to propagate a clone from frogs have been successfully cloned by transplanting nuclei from body cells to enucleated eggs

intransitive verb

: to produce a clone

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