hypermutable

adjective
hy·per·mu·ta·ble | \ˌhī-pər-ˈmyü-tə-bəl \

Definition of hypermutable 

: exhibiting or capable of excessive mutation or change Only the hypermutable cells that subsequently achieve a beneficial mutation would survive; the others would cease to be viable.— John Rennie Another severe obstacle for those with compromised immune systems: the hypermutable bacteria that can be found in cystic fibrosis patients. These chameleon-like germs produce numerous mutations when they replicate, creating more potential possibilities for drug resistance.— Jim Doyle

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hypermutability \ˌhī-pər-ˌmyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
"What we've found is a subtle alteration in the genetic code that causes DNA instability and leads to hypermutability, or a cascade of mutations in surrounding genes …" — Kenneth Kinzler

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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hypermutable

adjective
hy·per·mu·ta·ble | \-ˈmyüt-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of hypermutable 

: exhibiting or capable of excessive mutation or change Another severe obstacle for those with compromised immune systems: the hypermutable bacteria that can be found in cystic fibrosis patients. These chameleon-like germs produce numerous mutations when they replicate, creating more potential possibilities for drug resistance.— Jim Doyle, The Birmingham (Alabama) News, 9 Oct. 2013

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hypermutability \-ˌmyüt-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun
“What we've found,” he [Kenneth Kinzler] explained, “is a subtle alteration in the genetic code that causes DNA instability and leads to hypermutability, or a cascade of mutations in surrounding genes.” Newsday (Melville, New York), 26 Aug. 1997

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