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"mutant" in British English

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mutantnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmjuː.tənt/  us   /-t̬ənt/
an ​organism that is different from ​others of ​itstype because of a ​permanentchange in ​its genes: These mutants ​lack a ​vitalprotein which gives them ​immunity to the ​disease. This mutant gene is ​thought to ​causecancer.figurative humorous I'm ​convinced he's a mutant - he's not at all like the ​rest of ​ourfamily! disapproving an ​unpleasant and ​frightening thing: The ​result of these ​experiments will be a ​nightmarishworldfilled 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]

 /ˈmju·t̬ənt/
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)
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