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 (myo͞o′tə-jən, -jĕn′)
An agent, such as a chemical, ultraviolet light, or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.

mu′ta·gen′ic adj.
mu′ta·gen′i·cal·ly adv.
mu′ta·ge·nic′i·ty (-jə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
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Adj.1.mutagenic - capable of inducing mutation (used mainly of extracellular factors such as X-rays or chemical pollution)
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This increase in the MNRETS of test animals administered with MMS is due to the effect of the mutagenic MMS [19, 20].
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