mu·​ta·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌmyü-tə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce mutagenesis (audio) \

Definition of mutagenesis

: the occurrence or induction of mutation

Examples of mutagenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The question isn’t only whether mutagenesis is dangerous for those who swallow the pill. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The possibility for harmful mutagenesis was enough to convince another pharmaceutical company, Pharmasset, to abandon their own studies of the drug back in 2003. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The companies behind the drug must provide data on the effects of mutagenesis at suboptimal doses in primate and rodent models. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 To generate the recent enzyme, the researchers took one of the proteins that already rescued the mutant E. coli and subjected it to random mutagenesis. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mutagenesis

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutagenesis

New Latin

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The first known use of mutagenesis was in 1948

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“Mutagenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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mu·​ta·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌmyüt-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce mutagenesis (audio) \
plural mutageneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce mutagenesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of mutagenesis

: the occurrence or induction of mutation

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