in silico

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From in and silicon (from Latin silex (flint, pebble, stone; crag, rock)) +‎ -o, by analogy with English in vitro (in glass, referring to an experiment conducted in a test tube). The silico component refers to silicon chips which were used for computing at the time when the term was coined.

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in silico

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

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