frameshift

adjective
frame·shift | \ˈfrām-ˌshift \

Definition of frameshift 

: relating to, being, or causing a mutation in which a number of nucleotides not divisible by three is inserted or deleted so as to change the reading frame of some triplet codons during genetic translation

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frameshift

adjective
frame·shift | \-ˌshift \

Medical Definition of frameshift 

: relating to, being, or causing a mutation in which a number of nucleotides not divisible by three is inserted or deleted so that some triplet codons are read incorrectly during genetic translation frameshift mutations frameshift mutagens

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