in silico

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

By analogy with Latin in vitro (in glass), used to refer to experiments in a test tube, using silicon to represent computing. At the time of the coining, computing was normally performed with silicon chips.

Adjective[edit]

in silico (not comparable)

  1. (computing) In computer simulation or in virtual reality
    He was able to dissect the frog in silico.

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