Definitions of mutation

  1. ( genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
  2. ( biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  3. ( genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genoof an organism
  4. Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
  5. Gradual definitely tending variation, such as may be observed in a group of organisms in the fossils of successive geological levels.
  6. As now employed ( first by de Vries), a sudden variation ( the offspring differing from its parents in some well- marked character or characters) as distinguished from a gradual variations in which the new characters become fully developed only in the course of many generations. The occurrence of mutations, and the hereditary transmission, under some conditions, of the characters so appearing, are well- established facts; whether the process has played an important part in the evolution of the existing species and other groups of organisms is a disputed question.
  7. The result of the above process; a suddenly produced variation.
  8. Alteration; change; variation.
  9. 1. De Vries's term for the sudden production of a species, as distinguished from variation. 2. An inherited variation of a striking character.
  10. Act or process of changing: change: alteration.
  11. Process of changing; change.
  12. The act of changing.
  13. Modification; change.
  14. The act or process of changing; alteration.
  15. Change; alteration.
  16. Gradual variation towards a definite change of structure; discontinuous variation; the theory of De Vries that new forms, differing sufficiently to constitute a new variety, arise spontaneously and remain true.

Usage examples for mutation

  1. But my contention is that when this mutation occurred, the original condition of one spot would not be first developed and then gradually split into two. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  2. Some authors have tried to show that the theory of mutation is opposed to Darwin's views. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  3. The result is what de Vries has termed a Mutation. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  4. By this act it was his intention to place them beyond the possibility of mutation. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) by Edmund Burke
  5. So far as reality means experienceable reality, both it and the truths men gain about it are everlastingly in process of mutation- mutation towards a definite goal, it may be- but still mutation. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  6. Back then, they didn't understand much about mutation. – Thy Rocks and Rills by Robert Ernest Gilbert
  7. There is no more striking example of the inadequacy of the current conceptions of Mendelism and mutation to cover the of bionomics and evolution. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  8. It is curious to note how different are these discoveries concerning differences in the number of chromosomes from the conception of Morgan that a mutation depends on a factor situated in a part of one chromosome. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  9. Price, $ 5. 00 net The Mutation Theory By Hugo De Vries Experiments and observations on the origin of species in the vegetable kingdom. – A Mechanico-Physiological Theory of Organic Evolution by Carl Von Nägeli