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 Reports point to a desperate shortage of oxygen, a double mutant strain and images of bodies laying on funeral biers on sidewalks, as crematoriums become overwhelmed -- even in the capital New Delhi. Chandran Nair, CNN, "The Covid disaster in India shows that the future is biological, not digital," 30 Apr. 2021 This is because some mutant variants have the ability to spread faster, resulting in sudden surges and, therefore, an overburdened health system. Prafulla Shriyan, Quartz, "India’s response to Covid-19 must change after the new coronavirus variant," 6 Apr. 2021 And as states have eased restrictions, the Biden administration has repeatedly warned that the country's drop in COVID-19 cases has slowed amid reports of faster-spreading mutant variants of the virus. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Texas to lift statewide mask mandate, despite warnings from public health officials," 3 Mar. 2021 Concerns are also growing about mutant variants of the coronavirus, including a California strain that new research strongly suggests spreads more readily than its predecessors. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County COVID-19 hospitalizations hit three-month low while MIS-C cases climb," 25 Feb. 2021 Getting both recommended doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to stay ahead of new mutant variants of the virus — and ultimately end the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. NBC News, "Both Covid vaccine doses critical to stay ahead of variants, Fauci says," 8 Feb. 2021 European countries close borders, schools to combat virus variants: The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on Thursday sounded the alarm over three mutant variants of the coronavirus that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 21-27, 2021," 6 Feb. 2021 As mutant, more transmissible variants of coronavirus arise in America, the discussion about how to better protect against the virus has become at top of mind for many Americans. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Why the CDC will not advise the public to wear N95 masks," 28 Jan. 2021 In fact, that appears to be happening already, with the proliferation of mutant variants, although stricter measures could mitigate the spread. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Beat the Proliferation of New Virus Mutations?," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Mutant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutant. Accessed 12 May. 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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