Definition of mutant in English:

mutant

Line breaks: mu¦tant
Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

  • Resulting from or showing the effect of mutation: a mutant gene
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    • 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.

noun

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  • A mutant form: frequently only a small percentage of the offspring of mutants resemble their parents
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    freak, freak of nature, deviant, oddity, monstrosity, monster, mutation, variant, variation; Latin lusus naturae
    rare miscreation

Origin

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

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