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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Several deletion mutants were prepared by exploiting singular restriction sites in the cDNA to enable progressive sequencing.
▪ It's supposed to be a papier-maché ant, but it looks more like a mutant.
▪ Although E. coli has enzymes which detect and repair such faults, a minority escape repair and produce true mutants.
▪ Having crossbred his own seed for 35 years, he wondered if he had accidentally created some kind of mutant.
▪ The demands of the sport are creating a new breed of mutant.
▪ Though in that crowd of humans, mutants and exters there was no way of telling who was watching who.
▪ What is the chance that this particular mutant will be the ancestor of all the genes in the later population?
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1901, in the biological sense, from Latin mutantem (nominative mutans) "changing," present participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). In the science fiction sense, it is attested from 1954. As an adjective from 1903.


a. 1 That has undergone mutation. 2 (context informal English) Strange, abnormal, or bizarre. n. 1 Something which has mutated, which has one or more new characteristics from a mutation. 2 (context informal English) Someone or something that seems strange, abnormal, or bizarre.


adj. tending to undergo or resulting from mutation; "a mutant gene"

  1. n. (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration [syn: mutation, variation, sport]

  2. an animal that has undergone mutation

Mutant (fictional)

The concept of a mutant is a common trope in comic books and science fiction. The new phenotypes that appear in fictional mutations generally go far beyond what is typically seen in biological mutants and often result in the mutated life form exhibiting superhuman abilities or qualities.

Mutant (comics)

Mutant or Mutants, in comics, may refer to:

  • Mutant (Marvel Comics), one of the main causes for super-powered characters in Marvel Comics, as well as a number of titles, groups or characters:
    • Brotherhood of Mutants, a group also called the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
    • Fall of the Mutants, a 1987 X-Men storyline
    • Mutant 2099, Chad Channing, a character from the Marvel 2099 universe
    • Mutant Force, a supervillain group, also called the Resistants
    • Mutant Liberation Front, a supervillain group
    • Mutant Massacre, a 1986 X-Men storyline
    • Mutant Master, a supervillain and member of Factor Three
    • Mutant Zero, a superhero connected to the Initiative
    • Mutant X (comics), a fictional universe in Marvel Comics
    • New Mutants, a group
  • Mutants (Judge Dredd), people changed by the radiation from the Atomic Wars
  • Metahuman, the DC-equivalent of Marvel's mutants and mutates

It may also refer to:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mutant (Vol. 2)

Mutant is the fifth album by Twiztid. Released on July 26, 2005, it is the second half of the Man's Myth/Mutant double album, released one month after its companion album, Man's Myth. On November 4th, 2015, Twiztid announced they were remixing and remastering Mutant for a 2016 re-release.

Mutant (role-playing game)

Mutant is a series of Swedish role-playing games that were developed and published by Target Games.

Mutant (Marvel Comics)

In American comic books published by Marvel Comics, a mutant is a being (usually otherwise human) who possesses a genetic trait called an X-gene that allows the mutant to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities. Human mutants are considered to be of the subspecies Homo sapiens superior or simply Homo superior, an evolutionary progeny of Homo sapiens, and are considered the next stage in human evolution, though whether this is true or not is a subject of much debate in-universe.

Unlike Marvel's mutates, which are characters who develop their powers only after exposure to outside stimuli or energies (such as the Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and Absorbing Man), mutants are those whose mutations are pre-natal, and whose powers typically manifest at puberty.


In biology and especially genetics, a mutant is an organism or a new genetic character arising or resulting from an instance of mutation, which is a base-pair sequence change within the DNA of a gene or chromosome of an organism. The natural occurrence of genetic mutations is integral to the process of evolution. The study of mutants is an integral part of biology; by understanding the effect that a mutation in a gene has, it is possible to establish the normal function of that gene.

Mutant (disambiguation)

A mutant is a biological entity which has undergone a change in its genetic structure.

Mutant or mutants may also refer to:

Mutant (film)

Mutant is a 1984 horror film. It was initially released to theaters as Night Shadows, but it premiered on video with the Mutant title, which it has retained for all subsequent VHS and DVD releases.

Mutant (collection)

Mutant is a 1953 collection of science fiction short stories by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). It was first published by Gnome Press in 1953 in an edition of 4,000 copies. The stories all originally appeared in the magazine Astounding.

Mutant (album)

Mutant is the second studio album by Venezuelan electronic music producer Arca. It was released on November 20, 2015 via Mute.

Usage examples of "mutant".

And no matter what the constitution says, the same goes double for those atheistic mutants in Masterville.

He wanted a gradual buildup going toward the election before taking care of those atheistic mutant bastards.

We would say: according to Cartesian dualism the Zombie possibility and the Mutant possibility are both wide open.

The genetic profile of the individual you nicknamed Brown Fleece contains both the intron suite and the mutant exon typical of demiclones.

Later, when the demiclone project was established, she was forced to describe the mutant exon in the marker group.

Mystery Mutant Exon, or my suspicion that the eradication therapy might not be permanent.

Mutant Flas to the Foraging Unit, and notify them that he will essay the egg harvesting, snird division.

Mars from the stupefied viewpoints of the airline hostesses and pilots constrained to pass the gauntlet of mutant ninja globuloids and punk tribbles in furs on the way to their company-booked overnighters.

Her starship loaded with a precious cargo of gum from the seedpods of a mutant poppy that flourished on the Terran highlands, she took it on to dominions of the Thearchy in another universe, guiding it through contact planes that no mortal pilot could sense or penetrate.

And they have more than this, for now my body monitor in intensive care is playing space invaders too, with swarmers, mutants, baiters, bristling zipships and twanging smartbombs.

Creator, and she had kept them in preman form because she found most of the variform military mutants too alien or sometimes too alarming for easy communication.

During the brief twilight Balza guided them to a trail that led down into the valley some distance below the cave dwellings of the tribe of mutants, and all during the night they moved southward toward the escarpment and Omwamwi Falls.

Spock released Bardan, pushing the boy into the path of the mutant so that they collided with a dull thump as he desperately struggled to get his phaser reset on stun.

Perhaps a mutant, freed by its Macho owner when it grew too large or vicious.

A mutant 79-byte creature proved not only to be viable, but soon outbred and outpaced the 80-bytes.