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mutagen

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noun mu·ta·gen \ˈmyü-tə-jən\

Definition of mutagen

  1. :  an agent (as a chemical or various radiations) that tends to increase the frequency or extent of mutation

mu·ta·gen·ic play \ˌmyü-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective
mu·ta·gen·i·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of mutagen

International Scientific Vocabulary mutation + -gen


First Known Use: 1933


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mutagen

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noun mu·ta·gen \ˈmyüt-ə-jən\

Medical Definition of mutagen

  1. :  a substance (as a chemical or various radiations) that tends to increase the frequency or extent of mutation




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