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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of mutare 'to change'

mutate

verb
     
mu‧tate [intransitive]
1HB if an animal or plant mutates, it becomes different from others of the same kind, because of a change in its genetic structure:
Simple organisms like bacteria mutate rapidly.
2 to change and develop a new form:
Technology continues to mutate at an alarming rate.

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