Definition of semiconservative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsemēkənˈsərvətiv/ Pronunciation: /ˌsemˌī-/


Relating to or denoting replication of a nucleic acid in which one complete strand of each double helix is directly derived from the parent molecule.
Example sentences
  • In contrast to the semi-conservative process of DNA replication where both strands are synthesized simultaneously, only one strand of the DNA is copied during RNA transcription.
  • The ends of the invading strands serve as primers for semi-conservative repair synthesis (mostly short tracks of a few kilobases) so that one newly synthesized strand is present in each of the donor and recipient.



Example sentences
  • Regions of viability are calculated for both conservatively and semi-conservatively replicating viruses interacting with a realistic semi-conservatively replicating immune system.
  • The structure of DNA suggests it is replicated semi-conservatively.

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Syllabification: sem·i·con·serv·a·tive

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