mutate


mutate
mutate (v.) "to change state or condition," 1818, back formation from MUTATION (Cf. mutation). In genetic sense, 1913, from L. mutatus, pp. of mutare "to change" (see MUTABLE (Cf. mutable)). Related: Mutated; mutating.

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  • mutate — index convert (change use), transform, vary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • mutate — [myo͞o′tāt΄] vi., vt. mutated, mutating [< L mutatus, pp. of mutare, to change: see MISS1] to change; specif., to undergo or cause to undergo mutation …   English World dictionary

  • mutate — [[t]mjuːte͟ɪt, AM mju͟ːteɪt[/t]] mutates, mutating, mutated 1) V ERG If an animal or plant mutates, or something mutates it, it develops different characteristics as the result of a change in its genes. The virus mutates in the carrier s body...… …   English dictionary

  • mutate — mu|tate [mju:ˈteıt US ˈmju:teıt] v [Date: 1700 1800; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of mutare [i] to change ] 1.) if an animal or plant mutates, it becomes different from others of the same kind, because of a change in its ↑genetic structure… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mutate — [19] Semantically, mutate is probably the most direct English descendant of the Indo European base *moi , *mei ‘change, exchange’, which has also given English mad, mean ‘unworthy, ignoble’, municipal, mutual [15] (from Latin mūtuus ‘exchanged,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • mutate — UK [mjuːˈteɪt] / US [ˈmjuˌteɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms mutate : present tense I/you/we/they mutate he/she/it mutates present participle mutating past tense mutated past participle mutated biology to become physically different from other… …   English dictionary

  • mutate — [19] Semantically, mutate is probably the most direct English descendant of the Indo European base *moi , *mei ‘change, exchange’, which has also given English mad, mean ‘unworthy, ignoble’, municipal, mutual [15] (from Latin mūtuus ‘exchanged,… …   Word origins

  • mutate — verb Mutate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑gene, ↑virus …   Collocations dictionary

  • mutate — verb (mutated; mutating) Etymology: Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare Date: 1818 intransitive verb to undergo mutation transitive verb to cause to undergo mutation • mutative adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary