- a sudden departure from the parent type in one or more heritable characteristics, caused by a change in a gene or a chromosome.
- an individual, species, or the like, resulting from such a departure.
Origin of mutation
Related Words for mutationanomaly, alteration, variation, deviation, evolution, mutant, innovation, novelty, transfiguration, deviant, permutation, modification, vicissitude, transformation, change
Examples from the Web for mutation
Contemporary Examples of mutation
Those with the disease have some cells that are genetically normal and some with the mutation.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
For some illnesses, having a mutation in one specific gene usually—but not always—caused disease.The Genetic Heroes That Could Cure the Sick
July 1, 2014
This was a mutation of a relationship that should, in theory, be unbreakably strong.Their Cordial Meeting Proves the Common Bonds of Obama and Pope Francis
March 27, 2014
If a mutation makes a single cell deaf to the needs of its body, it can develop into a tumor.‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health
June 17, 2012
The answer may be that the birther phenomenon is a mutation of a political virus called incoherence.Will the Birthers Doom the GOP?
July 28, 2009
Historical Examples of mutation
Time is, therefore, not a factor in the mutation of species.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Apart from every thing else, it was a mournful witness to the world's mutation.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
The situation is not symmetrical because the mutation is not complete.
A rough-hewn resemblance is first brought about by a process of mutation.Mimicry in Butterflies
Reginald Crundall Punnett
Here we seem to have a plain statement of the origin of new forms by mutation.The Making of Species
- (in Germanic languages) another name for umlaut
- (in Celtic languages) a phonetic change in certain initial consonants caused by a preceding word
late 14c., "action of changing," from Old French mutacion (13c.), and directly from Latin mutationem (nominative mutatio) "a changing, alteration, a turn for the worse," noun of action from past participle stem of mutare "to change" (see mutable). Genetic sense is from 1894.