semiconservative replication


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sem·i·con·ser·va·tive rep·li·ca·tion

replication in which a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) produces two daughter dsDNAs, each of which contains one of the original chains and one newly synthesized strand.

semiconservative replication

(sĕm′ē-kən-sûr′və-tĭv, sĕm′ī-)
n.
The normal process of DNA synthesis, in which the two original strands of the molecule separate, and each strand acts as a template for the synthesis of a new, complementary strand. Each new DNA molecule consists of one old strand and one new strand.