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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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  • The great majority, however, are not at present in the mutating state.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • De Vries cites several other instances of plants in a mutating state.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • But the average wing-length of the offspring of the two mutating individuals will be 20 inches.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The classical example of a mutating plant is the evening primrose of the species Oenothera lamarckiana.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • These instances would seem to indicate that cattle are what De Vries would call “in a mutating state” in that part of the world.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • We can, says De Vries, ascertain only by experiment which plants are in the mutating state and which are not.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The name mutations or mutating variability is then given to the changes in the specific characters.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
British Dictionary definitions for mutating


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 mutating



"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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