noun \ˈklōn\

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

Full Definition of CLONE

a :  the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by 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>
:  one that appears to be a copy of an original form :  duplicate <a clone of a personal computer>
clon·al \ˈklō-nəl\ adjective
clon·al·ly \-nə-lē\ adverb

Origin of CLONE

Greek klōn twig, slip; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: 1903



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


Full Definition of CLONE

transitive verb
:  to propagate a clone from
:  to make a copy of
intransitive verb
:  to produce a clone
clon·er \ˈklō-nər\ noun

First Known Use of CLONE

circa 1948


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