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mutate

mu·tate

mutate

 
pronunciation:
myu teIt
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: mutated, mutates, mutating
definition: to display or cause to display a physical trait or characteristic that is different from one's parent or parents as a result of a change within a gene or chromosome.
The plants that had mutated had much larger leaves than the other plants of the same kind.
derivation: mutative (adj.)