Definition of mutant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mutant

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtənt//
     
    Genetic engineering
     
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  1. 1(biology) a living thing with qualities that are different from its parents’ qualities because of a change in its genetic structure We produced a mutant of the protein. See related entries: Genetic engineering
  2. 2(informal) (in stories about space, the future, etc.) a living thing with an unusual and frightening appearance because of a change in its genetic structure
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: from Latin mutant- ‘changing’, from the verb mutare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mutant

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