Definitions for Mutationmyuˈteɪ ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Biol. a sudden departure from the parent type in one or more heritable characteristics, caused by a change in a gene or a chromosome. an individual, species, or the like resulting from such a departure.
the act or process of changing.
a change or alteration, as in form or nature.
a change in a speech sound caused by assimilation to a nearby sound, esp. umlaut.
Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics
Origin of mutation:
1325–75; ME < L
mutant, mutation, variation, sport(noun)
(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
mutation, genetic mutation, chromosomal mutation(noun)
(genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
a change or alteration in form or qualities
any alteration or change
Any heritable change of the base-pair sequence of genetic material
change; alteration, either in form or qualities
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Any detectable and heritable change in the genetic material that causes a change in the GENOTYPE and which is transmitted to daughter cells and to succeeding generations.