n. [L. mutatus, change; facere, to make]
Gene or genetic element that causes or increases the chance of mutation at another site.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • mutafacient — adjective capable of inducing mutation (used mainly of intracellular agents) • Pertains to noun: ↑mutagen * * * |myüd.ə|fāshənt adjective Etymology: mutation + facient : capable of inducing biological mutation used chiefly of intracellular… …   Useful english dictionary

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