Definition of mutation
1 : a significant and basic alteration : change
2 : umlaut
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
mutationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of mutation in a sentence
The cat's short tail is the result of mutation.
The condition is caused by a genetic mutation.
The cat's short tail is the result of a mutation.
The building is a mutation of the original design.
First Known Use of mutation
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MUTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of mutation for Students
: a change in a gene or the resulting new trait it produces in an individual
Medical Definition of mutation
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: an individual, strain, or trait resulting from mutation
mutational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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