mutant

adjective
mu·​tant | \ ˈmyü-tᵊnt How to pronounce mutant (audio) \

Definition of mutant

: of, relating to, or produced by mutation

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Other Words from mutant

mutant noun

Examples of mutant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But multiple companies have now developed compounds that fit into a groove on some cancer-promoting mutant KRAS proteins and curb their signals. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Scientists are still unsure how much more easily the mutant spreads. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Discovery of Virus Variant in Colorado and California Alarms Scientists," 30 Dec. 2020 European nations have banned flights from the U.K., fearful that a mutant pathogen will spread across borders and seas. Star Tribune, "U.K. should have reacted more quickly to new coronavirus strain," 27 Dec. 2020 United Airlines on Monday will begin asking passengers traveling from London to Chicago and other cities for proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure in an effort to stop the spread of a new mutant coronavirus strain. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, "United Airlines will require negative COVID-19 test for passengers flying from UK to O’Hare, other airports," 24 Dec. 2020 Although Woody and Buzz are initially terrified of the walking car and fishing rod with legs, the mutant toys ultimately save the day. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Toy Story' turns 25: Ranking the best villains," 20 Nov. 2020 Does a mutant version of the virus pose a much deeper level of trouble? Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Does a mutant strain of coronavirus pose a much deeper level of danger? Q&A with scientists," 25 Dec. 2020 Does a mutant version of the virus pose a much deeper level of trouble? Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scientists scramble to determine if mutant strain of coronavirus will deepen pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020 New Strain Tests If the vaccine turns out to be ineffective against the mutant strain circulating in the U.K., BioNTech could, in theory, produce a new Covid vaccine to fight the variant within six weeks, Sahin said at the Tuesday briefing. Naomi Kresge, Fortune, "BioNTech CEO says its joint vaccine with Pfizer will likely work on new U.K. virus variant," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Mutant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutant. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for mutant

mutant

adjective
mu·​tant | \ ˈmyü-tᵊnt How to pronounce mutant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mutant (audio) \

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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