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English noun: mutation

1. mutation (person) (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

Synonymsmutant, sport, variation

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

Narrower (hyponym)freak, lusus naturae, monster, monstrosity

Domain categorybiological science, biology

2. mutation (event) (genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism

Synonymschromosomal mutation, genetic mutation

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)deletion, gene mutation, inversion, point mutation, reversion, saltation, transposition

Part holonymmutagenesis

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

3. mutation (event) a change or alteration in form or qualities

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

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