medical Definition of hypermutable
- Another severe obstacle for those with compromised immune systems: the hypermutable bacteria that can be found in cystic fibrosis patients. These chameleon-like germs produce numerous mutations when they replicate, creating more potential possibilities for drug resistance.
- —Jim Doyle, The Birmingham (Alabama) News, 9 Oct. 2013
hypermutabilityplay \-ˌmyüt-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun
- “What we've found,” he [Kenneth Kinzler] explained, “is a subtle alteration in the genetic code that causes DNA instability and leads to hypermutability, or a cascade of mutations in surrounding genes.”
- —Newsday (Melville, New York), 26 Aug. 1997