[ myoo-tuh-juhn, -jen ]
/ ˈmyu tə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
a substance or preparation capable of inducing mutation.
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British Dictionary definitions for mutagen
/ (ˈmjuːtədʒən) /
a substance or agent that can induce genetic mutation
Derived forms of mutagenmutagenic (ˌmjuːtəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjectivemutagenicity, noun
Word Origin for mutagen
C20: from mutation + -gen
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Medical definitions for mutagen
[ myōō′tə-jən, -jĕn′ ]
An agent, such as ultraviolet light or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.
Other words from mutagenmu′ta•gen′ic adj.mu′ta•gen′i•cal•ly adv.mu′ta•ge•nic′i•ty (-jə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
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Cultural definitions for mutagen
[ (myooh-tuh-juhn, myooh-tuh-jen) ]
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