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mutant

[myoot-nt]
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adjective
  1. undergoing or resulting from mutation.
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noun
  1. a new type of organism produced as the result of mutation.
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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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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for mutant

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Historical Examples

  • He realized that he was in the Mutant Quarter, not far from Myla's house.

  • That should be enough to tell you about the modern Pasteur and his mutant virus.

    Pandemic

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Any tribe led by Deklay would be hostile to the mutant animals.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • They were a mutant breed, gigantic in physical stature, peaceful in nature.

    Captives of the Flame

    Samuel R. Delany

  • Or the Solar System would be peopled by mutant monstrosities.


British Dictionary definitions for mutant

mutant

noun
  1. Also called: mutation an animal, organism, or gene that has undergone mutation
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, undergoing, or resulting from change or mutation
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Word Origin

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

mutant

(myōōtnt)
n.
  1. An organism possessing one or more genes that have undergone mutation.
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adj.
  1. Resulting from or undergoing mutation.
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