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[myoo-teyt] /ˈmyu teɪt/
verb (used with object), mutated, mutating.
to change; alter.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mutated, mutating.
to change; undergo mutation.
Origin of mutate
1810-20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related forms
[myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
nonmutative, adjective
unmutated, adjective
unmutative, adjective Unabridged
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  • At any rate there was a virus—and he mutated it rather than the bacteria.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
  • You have recognized that we are not mutated members of your race.

    Missing Link Frank Patrick Herbert
  • Yet it was possible that they had mutated beyond genetic compatibility.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Either accident or a mutated gene had warped his spine, hunching him forward in eternally bent supplication.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Bacteria was piped in, first the known germ diseases, then mutated species.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for mutated


to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Derived Forms
mutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv; mjuːˈteɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutated



"to change state or condition," 1818, back-formation from mutation. In genetic sense, 1913, from Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). Related: Mutated; mutating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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