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1 a person who is almost identical to another [syn: ringer, dead ringer]
2 a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction [syn: clon]
3 an unauthorized copy or imitation [syn: knockoff] v : make multiple identical copies of; "people can clone a sheep nowadays"

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From etyl grc sc=polytonic.



  1. A living organism (originally a plant) produced asexually from a single ancestor, to which it is genetically identical.
  2. A copy or imitation of something already existing, especially when designed to simulate it.
  3. A group of identical cells derived from a single cell.



  1. To create a clone



  • C.L. Pollard. "'Clon' versus 'clone'". Science (new series) 22:469, 1905.
  • C.L. Pollard. "On the spelling of 'clon'". Science (new series) 22:87-88, 1905.
  • W.T. Stearn. "The use of the term 'clone'". Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 74:41-47, 1949.



  1. clone

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Extensive Definition

Clone may refer to:


  • Clone (B-cell biology), a process of immunological B-cell maturation
  • Clone (genetics), in molecular biology, an exact replica of all or part of a macromolecule (e.g. DNA)
  • Clone (plant), in horticulture and biology, any organism whose genetic information is identical to that of a "mother organism" from which it was created
  • Clone (cell biology), a group of identical cells naturally derived from a common mother cell; of significance in vertebrate physiology, and concepts related to immunology and cancer biology.


  • Clone (computer science), a computer made by a third party, such as PC clones or Macintosh clones.
  • Clone (database), a complete and modified copy of a database environment that's often used for development or testing purposes.
  • Clone (function), various functions in computer programming



  • Clone (Threshold album), a 1998 album by British progressive metal band Threshold
  • Clone, a song by punk band Avail, from their 1994 album Dixie



Other uses

  • Clone (voting), in voting systems analysis, a candidate identical to one already present in an election
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