mutant

adjective
mu·tant | \ˈmyü-tᵊnt \

Definition of mutant 

: of, relating to, or produced by mutation

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mutant noun

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His mutant sea creature is created by the carelessness of the local government and the American military, another sharp inquiry into who the real monsters are. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "10 Movies to Fill the ‘Jurassic’-Sized Hole in Your Heart," 11 June 2018 Here’s to mutant rats in the basement and Mexican myths; here’s to the strange and to Stephen King. New York Times, "Stephen King’s Reign of Terror Continues in a New Novel," 22 May 2018 The most memorable member of the squad is Domino, played by Zazie Beetz, who benefits from a mutant strain of luck that allows her to emerge from any dangerous situation unscathed. Paul Chi, HWD, "Ryan Reynolds’s Surprise Inspiration for Deadpool 2: His Wife, Blake Lively," 15 May 2018 The writers of the Bible likened these empires to great mutant beasts, with sharp fangs, powerful claws and multiple heads. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 The scientists also hope to use the hybrid embryos to find cures for other complex diseases caused in part by mutant genes, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Alzheimer’s. David Cox /, NBC News, "Why scientists created a human-chicken hybrid embryo," 6 June 2018 It was intended to replace a mutant gene in Jack’s retinal cells that impaired his vision. Eric Boodman, STAT, "After nerve-wracking eye surgery, the world comes into focus for early gene therapy recipient," 17 May 2018 Most assays estimate the number of protein-altering mutations in a tumor by sequencing a limited number of genes from its DNA; that tally likely reflects the density of mutant protein fragments, known as neoantigens, on the surface of cancer cells. Ken Garber, Science | AAAS, "Mutation-counting blood test could predict if cutting-edge immunotherapies can beat a cancer," 27 June 2018 Jurassic World’s Mosasaurus snaps up an entire great white shark, a mutant dinosaur hybrid, and, memorably, at least one unfortunate person. Emma Stefansky, GQ, "The Definitive Jurassic Park Dinosaur Power Rankings," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of mutant

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutant

Latin mutant-, mutans, present participle of mutare

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The first known use of mutant was in 1903

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More Definitions for mutant

mutant

adjective
mu·tant | \ˈmyü-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of mutant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resulting from genetic mutation a mutant frog

mutant

noun

Kids Definition of mutant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant, animal, or microorganism resulting from genetic mutation

mutant

adjective
mu·tant | \ˈmyüt-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of mutant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or produced by mutation

mutant

noun

Medical Definition of mutant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mutant individual

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