Definition of mutagen in English:

mutagen

Syllabification: mu·ta·gen
Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞otəjən
 
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noun

  • An agent, such as radiation or a chemical substance, that causes genetic mutation.
    More example sentences
    • Among the mutagens that have been used to induce mutations, chemical mutagens administered in various ways have become especially popular.
    • The integrity and stability of the genetic material is continuously being threatened by endogenous and exogenous factors such as chemical mutagens and radiation.
    • Cell-culture procedures, chemical mutagens, and radiation all have been applied in what people now refer to as traditional, or conventional, plant breeding for the better part of a century.

Derivatives

mutagenesis

Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞otəˈjenəsəs/
noun
More example sentences
  • We carried out several rounds of mutagenesis for each chromosome arm.
  • He was preeminent in the fields of mutagenesis and radiation biology.
  • We and others have shown that studies of mutagenesis in cultured mammalian cells can help predict carcinogenesis.

mutagenic

Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞otəˈjenik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • This cell line detects a wide variety of mutagenic lesions, including point mutations, deletions and various types of chromosomal aberrations.
  • This suggests a mutagenic source different from germ cell replication.
  • Substances which allow the Salmonella to grow are considered mutagenic.

mutagenicity

Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪsɪti/
noun

Origin

1940s: from mutation + -gen.

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