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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪn ˈsɪlɪkəʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪn ˈsɪlɪkoʊ/
- Hyphenation: in si‧li‧co
- (computing, sciences) In computer simulation or in virtual reality.
He was able to dissect the frog in silico.