mutant

[ myoot-nt ]
/ ˈmyut nt /

adjective

undergoing or resulting from mutation.

noun

a new type of organism produced as the result of mutation.

Origin of mutant

1900–05; < Latin mūtant- (stem of mūtāns), present participle of mūtāre to change; see -ant
Related formsun·mu·tant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mutant

mutant

/ (ˈmjuːtənt) /

noun

Also called: mutation an animal, organism, or gene that has undergone mutation

adjective

of, relating to, undergoing, or resulting from change or mutation

Word Origin for mutant

C20: from Latin mutāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutant

mutant


n.

1901, in the biological sense, from Latin mutantem (nominative mutans) "changing," present participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). In the science fiction sense, it is attested from 1954. As an adjective from 1903.

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Medicine definitions for mutant

mutant

[ myōōtnt ]

n.

An organism possessing one or more genes that have undergone mutation.

adj.

Resulting from or undergoing mutation.
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