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replicon

Pronunciation: rep'li-kon

Definition:

  1. A segment of a chromosome (or of the DNA of a chromosome or similar entity) that can replicate, with its own initiation and termination codons, independently of the chromosome in which it may be located.
  2. The replication unit; several are found per DNA in eukaryotic systems.

[replication + -on]

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