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a mutation occurring in a somatic cell, resulting in a change in the morphology or some other aspect of one part of an organism (usually a plant). It may be maintained by vegetative propagation but not by sexual reproduction

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somatic mutation

n.

Mutation occurring in the somatic cells as opposed to the germ cells.
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