mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) , myü-ˈtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Definition of mutate

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce mutate (audio) , -​tə-​tiv How to pronounce mutate (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of mutate in a Sentence

a disease that mutates genes in humans a group of mutated genes Over time, her feelings mutated from hatred into love. opera singers mutating into pop stars
Recent Examples on the Web The oral polio vaccines use weakened viruses that, if able to spread from person to person amid poor sanitation and low vaccination rates, can mutate to regain disease-causing capabilities. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2022 However, just like SARS-CoV-2, plant diseases mutate quickly, and variants require new control strategies. Jonathan Margolis, Scientific American, 20 June 2022 In rare cases, the weakened virus can mutate and become capable of transmission. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 In rare instances, the weakened virus can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2022 But the coronavirus can mutate rapidly, potentially upending the public health landscape. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 In addition, the monkeypox virus doesn’t mutate rapidly like a coronavirus. Evan Bush, NBC News, 23 May 2022 In a reservoir, the virus can mutate and emerge as different strains. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 But what may start off as altruistic, if a bit naive, motives can mutate into something resembling status-obsession detached from its purported original mission. Ethan Lamb, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mutate

1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for mutate

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare

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10 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for mutate

mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Kids Definition of mutate

: to undergo genetic mutation

mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) , myü-ˈ How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Medical Definition of mutate

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtāt-​iv How to pronounce mutate (audio) , ˈmyüt-​ət-​ How to pronounce mutate (audio) \ adjective

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