Meaning of “mutant” in the English Dictionary

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"mutant" in British English

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mutantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmjuː.tənt/ us /ˈmjuː.t̬ənt/

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes:

These mutants lack a vital protein which gives them immunity to the disease.
This mutant gene is thought to cause cancer.
figurative humorous I'm convinced he's a mutant - he's not at all like the rest of our family!

disapproving an unpleasant and frightening thing:

The result of these experiments will be a nightmarish world filled with two-headed monsters and other mutants.

(Definition of “mutant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mutant" in American English

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mutantnoun [ C ]


biology a new type of organism that is a result of the process of mutation

(Definition of “mutant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)