mutagen

[myoo-tuh-juhn, -jen]
noun
a substance or preparation capable of inducing mutation.

Origin:
1945–50; muta(tion) + -gen

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mutagen (ˈmjuːtədʒən)
 
n
a substance or agent that can induce genetic mutation
 
[C20: from mutation + -gen]
 
mutagenic
 
adj
 
mutagen'icity
 
n

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mutagen
1946, from mutation + -gen, from Gk. -genes "formation, creation" (see genus). Related: Mutagenic.
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mutagen mu·ta·gen (myōō'tə-jən, -jěn')
n.
An agent, such as ultraviolet light or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.


mu'ta·gen'ic adj.
mu'ta·gen'i·cal·ly adv.
mu'ta·ge·nic'i·ty (-jə-nĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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mutagen [(myooh-tuh-juhn, myooh-tuh-jen)]

Something that causes mutations in living things. Mutagens include chemicals, such as drugs or toxins, and radiation.

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Many mutagens are also carcinogens, but some carcinogens are not mutagens.
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