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(mū-tā′shŏn )

[L. mutatio, a change]

1. Change, transformation, or an instance of change.
2. A permanent variation in genetic structure with offspring differing from parents in a characteristic. It is differentiated by gradual variation through many generations.
3. A change in a gene potentially capable of being transmitted to offspring.

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