|n.||1.||(Biol.) a group of organisms derived from a single individual by some kind of asexual reproduction; - used mostly of microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast.|
|2.||(Biol.) an individual organism containing a genetic complement identical to that of another organism, produced by using the genetic material from the second animal in a non-sexual reproduction process.|
|3.||something virtually identical to another object.|
|v. t.||1.||(Biol.) to make a clone from; to make identical copies of an organism by a non-sexual process of reproduction.|
|2.||(Microbiol.) to grow colonies of a microorganism by spreading a suspension of the microorganism onto a solid growth medium (such as in a Petri dish), at a concentration such that individual colonies will grow from single cells sufficiently well separated from other colonies so that pure cultures derived from a single organism can be isolated.|
|3.||(Biochem.) to make large quantities of a segment of DNA by inserting it, using biochemical techniques, into the DNA of a microorganism, and growing that microorganism in large numbers; |
|Noun||1.||clone - a person who is almost identical to another|
|2.||clone - a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction|
|3.||clone - an unauthorized copy or imitation|
|Verb||1.||clone - make multiple identical copies of; "people can clone a sheep nowadays"|
|(jargon)||clone - 1. An exact copy of a product, made legally or
illegally, from documentation or by reverse engineering,
and usually cheaper.|
E.g. "PC clone": a PC-BUS/ISA, EISA, VESA, or PCI compatible x86-based microcomputer (this use is sometimes misspelled "klone" or "PClone"). These invariably have much more bang per buck than the IB PCM they resemble.
E.g. "Unix clone": An operating system designed to deliver a Unix-like environment without Unix licence fees or with additional "mission-critical" features such as support for real-time programming.