Mutagen: Something capable of causing a gene-change. Among the known mutagens are radiation, certain chemicals and some viruses.
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<chemistry, oncology> An agent that can cause an increase in the rate of mutation, includes X-rays, ultraviolet irradiation (260 nm) and various chemicals. ... (18 Nov 1997) ...
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noun any agent (physical or environmental) that can induce a genetic mutation or can increase the rate of mutation
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(mu´tә-jәn) an agent that induces genetic mutation.
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any agent capable of altering the genetic constitution of a cell by changing the structure of the hereditary material, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). ... [2 related articles]
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In genetics, a mutagen (Latin, literally origin of change) is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material, usually DNA, of an organism and thus increases the frequency of mutations above the natural background level. As many mutations cause cancer, mutagens are therefore also lik...
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An agent that causes a permanent genetic change in a cell. Does not include changes occurring during normal genetic recombination.
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mutagen: see mutation.
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Type: Term Pronunciation: myū′tă-jen Definitions: 1. Any agent that promotes a mutation or causes an increase in the rate of mutational events, radioactive substances, x-rays, or certain chemicals.
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Any substance that increases the rate of gene mutation. A mutagen may also act as a carcinogen
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Anything that causes a mutation (a change in the DNA of a cell). DNA changes caused by mutagens may harm cells and cause certain diseases, such as cancer. Examples of mutagens include radioactive substances, x-rays, ultraviolet radiation, and certain chemicals.
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1) Agent 2) It changes genes 3) Radiation, e.g. 4) Substance causing genes in an organism to mutate or change
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