mutagen

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noun mu·ta·gen \ˈmyü-tə-jən\

Definition of mutagen

  1. :  an agent (such as a chemical or various radiations) that tends to increase the frequency or extent of mutation

mutagenic

play \ˌmyü-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective

mutagenically

play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of mutagen

International Scientific Vocabulary mutation + -gen


First Known Use: 1933


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mutagen

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noun mu·ta·gen \ˈmyüt-ə-jən\

Medical Definition of mutagen

  1. :  a substance (as a chemical or various radiations) that tends to increase the frequency or extent of mutation


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