noun Genetics.
any genetic element that can regulate and effect its own replication from initiation to completion.

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replicon (ˈrɛplɪˌkɒn)
genetics a region of a DNA molecule that is replicated from a single origin
[C20: from replic(ation) + -on]

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replicon rep·li·con (rěp'lĭ-kŏn')
A genetic element that undergoes replication as an autonomous unit.

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