mu·tate (mytāt, my-tāt)
intr. & tr.v. mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing, mu·tates
To undergo or cause to undergo mutation.
[Latin mūtāre, mūtāt-, to change; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
muta′tive (-tā′tĭv, -tə-tĭv) adj.
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