a change in a single base in a nucleotide sequence.
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Origin of point mutation
First recorded in 1920–25
Words nearby point mutation
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Medical definitions for point mutation
A mutation that involves a single nucleotide and may consist of loss of a nucleotide, substitution of one nucleotide for another, or the insertion of an additional nucleotide.
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Scientific definitions for point mutation
A mutation in which one nucleotide is added, deleted, or replaced by another. Point mutations include missense, nonsense, frameshift, and silent mutations.
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