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mutation

mu·ta·tion

mutation

 
pronunciation:
myu teI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden, apparently abnormal change or alteration in a genetically determined structure, as opposed to gradual evolutionary change.
The disease is the result of a mutation in a particular gene.A mutation has caused the mouse's short tail.
synonyms:
saltation
similar words:
change, metamorphosis, transformation, transmutation
definition 2: the act or process of changing, esp. genetically.
Through mutation, the species has become stronger.The article describes the mutation of the party from one committed to progressive ideals to one embracing conservative principles.
similar words:
change, metamorphosis, transformation, transmutation
definition 3: a trait or an organism produced by mutating.
The dog's wiry fur is a mutation.
similar words:
aberration, abnormality, abortion, anomaly, freak, monster, mutant, oddity, peculiarity
derivations: mutational (adj.), mutationally (adv.)
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The word mutation contains the following part:
mut Latin root that means change, interchange