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Syllabification: mu·tant
Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞otnt

Definition of mutant in English:


Resulting from or showing the effect of mutation: a mutant gene
More example sentences
  • In other words, are rescue genes mutant alleles of the genes that normally kill hybrids?
  • The gene function is known in four cases, based on mutant phenotypes.
  • I've been 19 for over a day now and I haven't shown any signs of growing a third arm or any other mutant abnormality.


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A mutant form.
Example sentences
  • Let me explain that there are bad mutants and good mutants, just like real people.
  • Second, the enzymatic activity for the active site mutants was determined in vitro.
  • Similar arguments and requirements apply to mutants created by transposon mutagenesis.
freak (of nature), deviant, monstrosity, monster, mutation


early 20th century: from Latin mutant- 'changing', from the verb mutare.

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