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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organism, cell, virus, or gene resulting from genetic mutation.
  • noun Slang One that is suggestive of a genetic mutant, as in bizarre appearance or inaptitude.
  • adjective Resulting from genetic mutation.
  • adjective Slang Suggestive of a genetic mutant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In entomology, said of a perpendicular part the apex of which bends over.
  • Of, pertaining to, or by means of mutation.
  • noun In biology, a race or an individual organism that has arisen through mutation. See mutation, 8.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something which has mutated, which has one or more new characteristics from a mutation.
  • noun informal Someone or something that seems strange, abnormal, or bizarre.
  • adjective That has undergone mutation.
  • adjective informal Strange, abnormal, or bizarre.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an animal that has undergone mutation
  • adjective tending to undergo or resulting from mutation
  • noun (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin mūtāns, mūtant-, present participle of mūtāre, to change; see mutate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin mutans, present participle of mutare.

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