Definition of replicon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrepləkän/


A nucleic acid molecule, or part of one, that replicates as a unit, beginning at a specific site within it.
Example sentences
  • Nuclei have numerous replicons origins per chromosome, which can be replicated simultaneously - so replication time is mechanistically independent of genome size and can be far less than in bacteria.
  • This defective recovery of DNA replication suggests an inability to coordinate lesion bypass or to initiate new replicons.
  • An important category of small replicons are the prophages, phages and other virus types.


1960s: from replication + -on.

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Syllabification: rep·li·con

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