- to change; alter.
- Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
- to change; undergo mutation.
Origin of mutate
1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
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Examples from the Web for mutating
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
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Mid-90s Gallic nuclear testing is blamed for mutating a native iguana species of Tahiti.A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla
May 18, 2014
Her body became a mutating “canvas,” manifesting reactions such as hives, rashes, swelling, and stomach pains.Be Meat and Drink: A Conceptual Performance at Allegra LaViola Gallery
April 15, 2011
The great majority, however, are not at present in the mutating state.
De Vries cites several other instances of plants in a mutating state.
But the average wing-length of the offspring of the two mutating individuals will be 20 inches.
The classical example of a mutating plant is the evening primrose of the species Oenothera lamarckiana.
These instances would seem to indicate that cattle are what De Vries would call “in a mutating state” in that part of the world.
- to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutating
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