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back mutation

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noun Genetics.
  1. a mutation of an existing mutant gene that restores it to its previous form.
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Origin of back mutation

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called reverse mutation.
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British Dictionary definitions for back mutation

back mutation

  1. genetics the reversion of a mutant to the original phenotype
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