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mutate

[myoo-teyt] /ˈmyu teɪt/
verb (used with object), mutated, mutating.
1.
to change; alter.
2.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mutated, mutating.
3.
to change; undergo mutation.
Origin of mutate
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related forms
mutative
[myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonmutative, adjective
unmutated, adjective
unmutative, adjective
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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

mutate

/mjuːˈteɪt/
verb
1.
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

mutate

v.

"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.

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