Mutagen



[myoo-tuh-juh n, -jen] /ˈmyu tə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/

noun
1.
a substance or preparation capable of inducing .
/ˈmjuːtədʒən/
noun
1.
a substance or agent that can induce genetic mutation
n.

1946, from mutation + -gen “thing that produces.” Related: Mutagenic; mutagenesis; mutagenize.

mutagen mu·ta·gen (myōō’tə-jən, -jěn’)
n.
An agent, such as ultraviolet light or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.
mu’ta·gen’ic adj.
mu’ta·gen’i·cal·ly adv.
mu’ta·ge·nic’i·ty (-jə-nĭs’ĭ-tē) n.
mutagen [(myooh-tuh-juhn, myooh-tuh-jen)]

Something that causes mutations in living things. Mutagens include chemicals, such as drugs or toxins, and radiation.

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    [myoo-tuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌmyu təˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/ noun 1. the origin and development of a . /ˌmjuːtəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/ noun 1. (genetics) the generation, usually intentional, of mutations mutagenesis mu·ta·gen·e·sis (myōō’tə-jěn’ĭ-sĭs) n. pl. mu·ta·gen·e·ses (-sēz’) The formation or development of a mutation.

  • Mutagenic

    [myoo-tuh-jen-ik] /ˌmyu təˈdʒɛn ɪk/ adjective, Genetics. 1. capable of inducing or increasing its rate.



  • Mutagenicity

    [myoo-tuh-jen-ik] /ˌmyu təˈdʒɛn ɪk/ adjective, Genetics. 1. capable of inducing or increasing its rate.

  • Mutagenize

    /ˈmjuːtədʒəˌnaiz/ verb (transitive) 1. to subject (cells, DNA, etc) to mutagens to induce mutations mutagenize mu·ta·gen·ize (myōō’tə-jěn’īz) v. mu·ta·gen·ized, mu·ta·gen·iz·ing, mu·ta·gen·iz·es To cause mutation in a cell or an organism.



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