[ myoo-tuh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌmyu təˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /


the origin and development of a mutation.


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Origin of mutagenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1950–55; see origin at mutation, -genesis

OTHER WORDS FROM mutagenesis

mu·ta·ge·net·ic [myoo-tuh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmyu tə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective

Words nearby mutagenesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for mutagenesis

/ (ˌmjuːtəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /


genetics the generation, usually intentional, of mutations

Word Origin for mutagenesis

C20: from mutation + -genesis
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Medical definitions for mutagenesis

[ myōō′tə-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]

n. pl. mu•ta•gen•e•ses (-sēz′)

The formation or development of a mutation.
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