point mutation

noun

Definition of point mutation 

: a gene mutation involving the substitution, addition, or deletion of a single nucleotide base

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This flaw is especially problematic because tens of thousands of genetic diseases are results of such point mutations. The Economist, "BiotechnologyGene editing takes another step forward," 26 Oct. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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point mutation

noun

Medical Definition of point mutation 

: a gene mutation involving the substitution, addition, or deletion of a single nucleotide base

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