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Webster 1913 Edition


mutation

mu-ta′tion

(mū̍-tā′shŭn)
,
Noun.
[L.
mutatio
, fr.
mutare
to change: cf. F.
mutation
. See
Mutable
.]
Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
The vicissitude or
mutations
in the superior globe are no fit matter for this present argument.
Bacon.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mutation

MUTA'TION

,
Noun.
[L. mutatio.] The act or process of changing.
1.
Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
The vicissitude or mutations in the superior globe are no fit matter for this present argument.

Definition 2022


Mutation

Mutation

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German

Noun

Mutation f (genitive Mutation, plural Mutationen)

  1. (genetics) mutation

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mutation

mutation

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English

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Noun

mutation (countable and uncountable, plural mutations)

  1. Any alteration or change.
  2. (genetics) Any heritable change of the base-pair sequence of genetic material.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, []. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
  3. A mutant.
  4. (linguistics) An alteration a particular sound of a word, especially the initial consonant, which is triggered by the word's morphological or syntactic context and not by its phonological context.
  5. (rare) A collective noun for a collection of thrushes.
    • 1984, Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Wildlife, volume 45:
      Birdwatchers would enjoy a host of sparrows, a herd of swans, a descent of woodpeckers, a herd of wrens, and mutation of thrushes.
    • 2010, Doug Bennet, Tim Tiner, The Complete Up North: A Guide to Ontario's Wilderness from Black Flies to the Northern Lights, page 57:
      Names for a group: A flute or mutation of thrushes.
    • 2013, Jason Sacher, A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras, page 196:
      A Mutation of Thrushes
      The authors of the books of venery were not predicting Darwin with this term, but taking a cue from a common fable of the time.

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References

  1. mutation” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French

Noun

mutation f (plural mutations)

  1. substitution
  2. mutation

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Middle French

Noun

mutation f (plural mutations)

  1. change, alteration, mutation

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