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self-replicating

[self-rep-li-key-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈrɛp lɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
reproducing itself by its own power or inherent nature:
self-replicating organisms.
2.
Genetics. making an exact copy or copies of itself, as a strand of DNA.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
Related forms
self-replication, noun
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  • Other bubbles are thought to have formed self-replicating substances by attracting chemicals from around them.
  • In vain do scientists protest that as yet nobody knows how to build a self-replicating robot of any size.
  • One result is that a small self-replicating elite has enormous power and no real interest in changing the way things are.
  • We need only explain how a self-replicating molecule could arise.
  • For the first time, however, scientists have begun to synthesize self-replicating molecules in the laboratory.
  • But some scientists are considering the possibility that these self-replicating programs might have constructive uses as well.
  • The big delay was organization into heterotrophic self-replicating chemistries.
  • The entire debate is about how any complex self-replicating system can come naturalistically, remains unresolved, even by you.
  • Mathematically, patterns or designs can emerge without a designer through self-organization or self-replicating principles.
  • He also predicted the final outcome where the robots would also become self-replicating.
self-replicating in Medicine

self-replicating adj.
Replicating oneself or itself.

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