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mutagenic

[ myoo-tuh-jen-ik ]

adjective

, Genetics.
  1. capable of inducing mutation or increasing its rate.


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Other Words From

  • muta·geni·cal·ly adverb
  • mu·ta·ge·nic·i·ty [myoo-t, uh, -j, uh, -, nis, -i-tee], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mutagenic1

First recorded in 1945–50; muta(tion) + -genic

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Example Sentences

SARS-CoV-2 has proven to be much less mutagenic than Human Influenza Virus A and B, which cause annual outbreaks.

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