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clone

noun \ ˈklōn \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of clone

1 a :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

clonal

play \ˈklō-nᵊl\ adjective

clonally

play \-nə-lē\ adverb

Examples of clone in a Sentence

  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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of clone

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


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clone

verb

Definition of clone

cloned; cloning
transitive verb
1 :to propagate a clone from
2 :to make a copy of
intransitive verb
:to produce a clone

cloner

play \ˈklō-nər\ noun

Examples of clone in a Sentence

  1. Do you think scientists should clone humans?

  2. a plant produced by cloning

Recent Examples of clone from the Web

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First Known Use of clone

1930


CLONE Defined for English Language Learners

clone

noun

Definition of clone for English Language Learners

  • 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

Definition of clone for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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clone

noun \ ˈklōn \

medical Definition of clone

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

clonal

play \ˈklōn-ᵊl\ adjective

clonally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb

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clone

verb

medical Definition of clone

cloned; cloning
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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