replicon

noun

rep·​li·​con ˈre-pli-ˌkän How to pronounce replicon (audio)
: a linear or circular section of DNA or RNA which replicates sequentially as a unit

Examples of replicon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 3 prime messenger RNAs are made from subgenomic fragments, each of which serves as a separate replicon, resembling mini-genomes. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Each subgenomic replicon serves as a template to produce positive-strand messenger RNAs via a process akin to the production of full-length genomic RNA (Figure 4). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French réplicon, from réplication replication + -on -on entry 2

Note: The term was introduced by the French biologist François Jacob and the South African biologist Sydney Brenner in "Sur la régulation de la synthèse du DNA chez les bactéries: l'hypothèse du réplicon," Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des Sciences, tome 256me, première partie, janvier-février 1963 (séance de 2 janvier 1963), pp. 298-300.

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of replicon was in 1963

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“Replicon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replicon. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

replicon

noun
rep·​li·​con ˈrep-li-ˌkän How to pronounce replicon (audio)
: a linear or circular section of DNA or RNA which replicates sequentially as a unit
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