self-replication

self-replicating

[self-rep-li-key-ting, self-]
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:
1955–60

self-replication, noun
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