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

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Other Words from clone

Noun

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

Verb

cloner \ ˈklō-​nər How to pronounce cloner (audio) \ 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 The colt is a clone of a male Przewalski's horse and the first successful cloning of the species, San Diego Zoo officials said in a news release on September 4. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A clone of the endangered Przewalski's horse is born of DNA saved for 40 years," 12 Sep. 2020 The pair took a selfie while each holding a festive iced sugar cookie clone of themselves. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "A Definitive Timeline of Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel's Romance," 2 Sep. 2020 Earlier, Rocket made a killing off its investment in CityDeal, a coupon clone of U.S. company Groupon, that the original acquired in 2010. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The humbling of Europe’s most-hyped startup incubator: Rocket Internet," 1 Sep. 2020 This shows that the G26233T variant is a descendant of the germ that originally arrived at the meeting, Lemieux said, an imperfect clone that wound up giving rise to its own distinct lineage. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Genetic analysis shows how a single ‘superspreading’ event sent coronavirus across the nation," 25 Aug. 2020 Instagram, with its 1 billion users worldwide, also launched a TikTok clone, Reels, in the U.S. on Aug. 5, even offering small payments to some creators to subsidize production costs. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "With TikTok's Uncertain Future, Creators Scramble to Diversify Their Social Media Presence," 13 Aug. 2020 For Facebook, any additional momentum for its TikTok clone could prove to be both a boon and a burden. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Instagram's TikTok copycat Reels is now available in the US," 5 Aug. 2020 Zuckerberg's wealth got its latest bump as Facebook's stock climbed 6.5% Thursday, a day after the company launched its TikTok clone, Reels, on Instagram. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $100 billion," 7 Aug. 2020 The other App Store news today is that the Facebook Gaming app—Facebook's Twitch.tv clone—has come to iOS with the gaming portion removed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Apple won’t let Stadia or xCloud into iOS, citing App Store guidelines," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Decades later, plans to clone Asiatic cheetahs also came to naught. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "After Decades-Long Battle, Cheetahs Can Be Reintroduced in India," 28 Jan. 2020 This technique was famously used to clone Dolly the sheep in 1996. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Every Sumatran rhino has died in Malaysia. Scientists want to bring them back with cloning technology," 14 Aug. 2020 Hackers have long been able to clone building access badges, which are also based on RFID technology, and there are new concerns that employers could use the microchips to spy on workers. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Michigan Makes Worker Microchips Voluntary ... Wait, What?," 1 July 2020 An entire cottage industry was created after his death to essentially clone him through impersonation—Bruce Le and Bruce Li were the two most prominent imitators in film. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 The trick for scientists at Vir is to identify these neutralizing antibodies, harvest, purify and clone them. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020 The scarcity of these antibodies is leading researchers to try and clone the cells responsible for producing them in the hopes of mass producing the particles in order to re-inject them into sick patients, Ogden said. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, "What are "super" antibodies? Doctor explains cells found in less than 5% of COVID-19 patients," 17 June 2020 Scientists extract the most powerful human antibodies from the mice and then clone them, theoretically in unlimited amounts. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Human trials expected to start next month for Covid-19 treatment derived from cows' blood," 16 June 2020 This newspaper has already detailed how Trumpism was cloned from Lewis’s dystopian satire. Washington Post, "The novel that inspired ‘Blade Runner’ didn’t predict our current reality, but these writers did," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for clone

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The first known use of clone was in 1903

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clone. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for clone

clone

noun
How to pronounce clone (audio)

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