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Meaning of self-replicating

self-rep•li•cat•ing

Pronunciation: (self'rep'li-kā"ting, self"-), [key]
— adj.
  1. reproducing itself by its own power or inherent nature: self-replicating organisms.
  2. making an exact copy or copies of itself, as a strand of DNA.
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