[myoo-tuh-juh n, -jen]
- a substance or preparation capable of inducing mutation.
Origin of mutagen
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- a substance or agent that can induce genetic mutation
C20: from mutation + -gen
Word Origin and History for mutagen
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An agent, such as ultraviolet light or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.
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