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conservative replication[kən¦sər·vəd·iv ‚rep·lə′kā·shən]
(cell and molecular biology)
Replication of a molecule of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) such that one DNA molecule would consist of both the original parent strands and the replicated molecule would contain two newly synthesized strands.