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mutate

[myoo-teyt]
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verb (used with object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
  1. to change; alter.
  2. Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
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verb (used without object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
  1. to change; undergo mutation.
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Origin of mutate

1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related formsmu·ta·tive [myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/, adjectivenon·mu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·mu·tat·ed, adjectiveun·mu·ta·tive, adjective
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  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for mutating

mutate

verb
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
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Derived Formsmutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv, mjuːˈteɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutating

mutate

v.

"to change state or condition," 1818, back-formation from mutation. In genetic sense, 1913, from Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). Related: Mutated; mutating.

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