clone

noun
\ˈklōn \

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

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Other Words from clone

Noun

clonal \ˈklō-​nᵊl \ adjective
clonally \-​nə-​lē \ adverb

Verb

cloner \ˈklō-​nər \ noun

Did You Know?

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

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 primitivo, Yakima Valley, $25: Sequim winemaker Dave Volmut focuses on Italian varieties, and Primitivo is thought to be a clone of zinfandel, increasing its popularity in Italy. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Since the domestic money is a clone of its anchor, a currency-board country is part of an anchor country’s unified currency area. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 If the Man in Black that the audience has been watching in the park this entire season is in fact a host clone, rather than the real man, many things would fall into place. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 Upload a photo, describe your pet’s unique characteristics and choose the clone’s position. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 In the original and prequel films, the Mandalorians are most memorably represented by Jango Fett and his clone/son Boba Fett. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 Crash always needs to defeat the mad, chuckling Dr. Frankenstein clone, Dr. Neo Cortex. Harold Goldberg, chicagotribune.com, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 The criminals behind the schemes have technical skills that are good enough to clone ads and create functional-looking websites. Carroll Lachnit, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: Tips on how to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 22 June 2018 The criminals behind the schemes have technical skills that are good enough to clone ads and create functional-looking websites. Washington Post, "Edmunds: How to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Scientists are analyzing the remains, estimated to be 30,000 to 40,000 years old, in an effort to clone the animal. James Rogers, Fox News, "Gruesome mammoth 'kill site' discovered," 7 Sep. 2018 But Adam justifies this by telling himself, and his students, that cloning humans doesn’t show a disrespect for life. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "In 'Andover,' a scientist clones his dead wife," 31 May 2018 Snap is the most prominent example; after Snap rebuffed Facebook’s attempts to buy the firm in 2013, for $3bn, Facebook cloned many of its successful features and has put a damper on its growth. The Economist, "American tech giants are making life tough for startups," 31 May 2018 In 2017 Baidu, a Chinese technology firm, published details of a similar voice-cloning system called Deep Voice, which works with as little as three seconds’ worth of training data. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 Some critics consider cloning another act of denial in a long line of them—denying even the finality of extinction. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 That means cloning terrible lizards, arranging gift shops and restaurants for audiences, and keeping your corporate departments happy. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 In principle, Poo said, the feat means humans can be cloned. Time, "Scientists Have Cloned Monkeys for the First Time. Are Humans Next?," 24 Jan. 2018 So, the Swiss investment bank decided to clone him, digitally at least. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "UBS Digitally Cloned Its Chief Economist So He Wouldn't Miss His Meetings," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'clone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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)

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

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 \

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 \ adjective
clonally \-​ᵊl-​ē \ 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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