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mutate (v.)

1818, "to change state or condition, undergo change," back-formation from mutation. In the genetic sense, "undergo mutation," 1913, from Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare "to change" (from PIE root *mei- (1) "to change, go, move"). Related: Mutated; mutating.

updated on March 27, 2019

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Definitions of mutate from WordNet

mutate (v.)
undergo mutation;
cells mutate
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