verb (used with object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
Origin of mutate
Related formsmu·ta·tive [myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/, adjectivenon·mu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·mu·tat·ed, adjectiveun·mu·ta·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for mutating
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.
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|Rich Goldstein|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lizzie Crocker|April 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
These instances would seem to indicate that cattle are what De Vries would call “in a mutating state” in that part of the world.
The name mutations or mutating variability is then given to the changes in the specific characters.Darwin and Modern Science|A.C. Seward and Others
We can, says De Vries, ascertain only by experiment which plants are in the mutating state and which are not.
De Vries cites several other instances of plants in a mutating state.
The great majority, however, are not at present in the mutating state.