mutate

verb mu·tate \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt , myü-ˈ \
Updated on: 13 Jan 2018

Definition of mutate

mutated; mutating
intransitive verb
: to undergo mutation
transitive verb
: to cause to undergo mutation

mutative

play \ˈmyü-ˌtā-tiv, -tə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of mutate in a Sentence

  1. a disease that mutates genes in humans

  2. a group of mutated genes

  3. Over time, her feelings mutated from hatred into love.

  4. opera singers mutating into pop stars

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Origin and Etymology of mutate

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare


MUTATE Defined for English Language Learners

mutate

verb

Definition of mutate for English Language Learners

  • biology : to cause (a gene) to change and create an unusual characteristic in a plant or animal : to cause mutation in (a gene)

  • : to change and cause an unusual characteristic to develop in a plant or animal

  • : to change into something very different


MUTATE Defined for Kids

mutate

verb mu·tate \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt \

Definition of mutate for Students

mutated; mutating
: to undergo genetic mutation

Medical Dictionary

mutate

verb mu·tate \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt , myü-ˈ \

medical Definition of mutate

mutated; mutating
intransitive verb
: to undergo mutation
transitive verb
: to cause to undergo mutation

mutative

play \ˈmyü-ˌtāt-iv, ˈmyüt-ət-\ adjective


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