mutate

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ\

Definition of mutate

mutated

mutating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to undergo mutation

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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

Origin and Etymology of mutate

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare


First Known Use: 1818


MUTATE Defined for English Language Learners

mutate

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ\

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

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt\

Definition of mutate for Students

mutated

mutating

  1. :  to undergo genetic mutation


Medical Dictionary

mutate

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verb mu·tate \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ\

Medical Definition of mutate

mutated

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mutating

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to undergo mutation

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to cause to undergo mutation

mutative

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


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