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mutation

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noun mu·ta·tion \myü-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of mutation

  1. 1 :  a significant and basic alteration :  change

  2. 2 :  umlaut

  3. 3 a :  a relatively permanent change in hereditary material involving either a physical change in chromosome relations or a biochemical change in the codons that make up genes; also :  the process of producing a mutation b :  an individual, strain, or trait resulting from mutation

mutational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

mutationally

adverb


Examples of mutation in a sentence

  1. The cat's short tail is the result of mutation.

  2. The condition is caused by a genetic mutation.

  3. The cat's short tail is the result of a mutation.

  4. The building is a mutation of the original design.



14th Century

First Known Use of mutation

14th century

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MUTATION Defined for Kids

mutation

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noun mu·ta·tion \myü-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of mutation for Students

  1. :  a change in a gene or the resulting new trait it produces in an individual




Medical Dictionary

mutation

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noun mu·ta·tion \myü-ˈtā-shən\

Medical Definition of mutation

  1. 1:  a relatively permanent change in hereditary material that involves either a change in chromosome structure or number (as in translocation, deletion, duplication, or polyploidy) or a change in the nucleotide sequence of a gene's codons (as in frameshift or missense errors) and occurs either in germ cells or in somatic cells but with only those in germ cells being capable of perpetuation by sexual reproduction; also :  the process of producing a mutation

  2. 2:  an individual, strain, or trait resulting from mutation

mutational

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mutationally

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