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mutagen

[myoo-tuh-juh n, -jen]
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noun
  1. a substance or preparation capable of inducing mutation.

Origin of mutagen

First recorded in 1945–50; muta(tion) + -gen
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British Dictionary definitions for mutagen

mutagen

noun
  1. a substance or agent that can induce genetic mutation
Derived Formsmutagenic (ˌmjuːtəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjectivemutagenicity, noun

Word Origin

C20: from mutation + -gen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mutagen

n.

1946, from mutation + -gen "thing that produces." Related: Mutagenic; mutagenesis; mutagenize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mutagen in Medicine

mutagen

([object Object])
n.
  1. An agent, such as ultraviolet light or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.
Related formsmu′ta•genic adj.mu′ta•geni•cal•ly adv.mu′ta•ge•nici•ty (-jə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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mutagen in Culture

mutagen

[(myooh-tuh-juhn, myooh-tuh-jen)]

Something that causes mutations in living things. Mutagens include chemicals, such as drugs or toxins, and radiation.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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