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hypermutable

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adjective hy·per·mu·ta·ble \ -ˈmyüt-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of hypermutable

:exhibiting or capable of excessive mutation or change
  • 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 DoyleThe Birmingham (Alabama) News9 Oct. 2013

hypermutability

play \-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

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