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replicator

replicator in Medicine

replicator rep·li·ca·tor (rěp'lĭ-kā'tər)
n.
The site on a bacterial genome where replication begins.

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replicator in Technology


Any construct that acts to produce copies of itself; this could be a living organism, an idea (see meme), a program (see quine, worm, wabbit, fork bomb, and virus), a pattern in a cellular automaton (see life), or (speculatively) a robot or nanobot. It is even claimed by some that Unix and C are the symbiotic halves of an extremely successful replicator; see Unix conspiracy.
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