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English definition of “mutate”

mutate

verb [I]     /mjuːˈteɪt/
to develop new physical characteristics because of a permanent change in the genes . These changes can happen naturally or can be produced by the use of chemicals or radiation : These bacteria have mutated into forms that are resistant to certain drugs .GeneticsInnate and congenitalChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently to change from one thing or type of thing into another: Jon has mutated from an awkward teenager into a sophisticated young man.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
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