- 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.
- the act or process of changing.
- a change or alteration, as in form or nature.
- Phonetics. umlaut.
- Linguistics. (in Celtic languages) syntactically determined morphophonemic phenomena that affect initial sounds of words.
Origin of mutation
Related Wordsanomaly, alteration, variation, deviation, evolution, mutant, innovation, novelty, transfiguration, deviant, permutation, modification, vicissitude, transformation, change
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- the act or process of mutating; change; alteration
- a change or alteration
- a change in the chromosomes or genes of a cell. When this change occurs in the gametes the structure and development of the resultant offspring may be affectedSee also inversion (def. 11)
- another word for mutant (def. 1)
- a physical characteristic of an individual resulting from this type of chromosomal change
- (in Germanic languages) another name for umlaut
- (in Celtic languages) a phonetic change in certain initial consonants caused by a preceding word
Word Origin and History for mutation
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.
- The act or process of being altered or changed.
- An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.
- A sudden structural change within a gene or chromosome of an organism resulting in the creation of a new character or trait not found in the parental type.
- The process by which such a sudden structural change occurs, either through an alteration in the nucleotide sequence of the DNA coding for a gene or through a change in the physical arrangement of a chromosome.
- A mutant.
- A change in the structure of the genes or chromosomes of an organism. Mutations occurring in the reproductive cells, such as an egg or sperm, can be passed from one generation to the next. Most mutations occur in junk DNA and have no discernible effects on the survivability of an organism. Of the remaining mutations, the majority have harmful effects, while a minority can increase an organism's ability to survive. A mutation that benefits a species may evolve by means of natural selection into a trait shared by some or all members of the species. See Note at sickle cell anemia.