Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun[mass noun] Biology
The occurrence of a mutation in the somatic tissue of an organism, resulting in a genetically mosaic individual.
- One means by which these mutations occur is via somatic mutation or chromosomal deletion of one or both alleles.
- In the last two decades, many genes that display a tendency to undergo somatic mutation in various cancers have been identified.
- A somatic mutation was determined to have occurred when one or more bands appeared in the tumor tissue in addition to those observed in the normal tissue of the same patient.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: som|at¦ic mu|ta¦tion
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.