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mutate

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ\

Simple Definition of mutate

  • biology : to cause (a gene) to change and create an unusual characteristic in a plant or animal : to cause mutation in (a gene)

  • : to change and cause an unusual characteristic to develop in a plant or animal

  • : to change into something very different

Full Definition of mutate

mu·tat·edmu·tat·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to undergo mutation

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to undergo mutation

mu·ta·tive play \ˈmyü-ˌtā-tiv, -tə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of mutate

  1. a disease that mutates genes in humans

  2. a group of mutated genes

  3. Over time, her feelings mutated from hatred into love.

  4. opera singers mutating into pop stars



Origin of mutate

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare


First Known Use: 1818

Rhymes with mutate

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mutate

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ\

Medical Definition of mutate

mu·tat·edmu·tat·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to undergo mutation

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to cause to undergo mutation

  5. mu·ta·tive \ˈmyü-ˌtāt-iv, ˈmyüt-ət-\play play adjective





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