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"I was involved in a cloning project. .. to send me into outer space along with a lot of other people. Not the whole me - just a hair from my head, while I still had some. I would thus pop up in another galaxy in the distant future."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Nanobot  
  A robot constructed with nanotechnology.  

As far as I know, this is the first use of this term in science fiction.

I synthesized a nanobot that goes after the things that would normally rot in your mouth while you are sleeping, and changes them into things that taste good.
From Steel Beach, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Putnam in 1992
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Compare to the autofac from Philip K. Dick's 1955 short story of the same name and the ultra-microrobots from A Menace in Miniature (1937), by Raymond Z. Gallun.

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