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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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(Biology) biology in a mutagenic manner
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Genotyping of the c.-174G>C IL6 promoter polymorphism was performed by the mutagenically separated polymerase chain reaction (MS-PCR) [19] using specific primers described by Schotte et al.
We isolated DNA from citrated blood with the MagNA Pure DNA-isolation system (Roche Diagnostics) and used the principle of mutagenically separated PCR as previously described (32) to detect the Thr715Pro variant.
Relative concentrations of polyaromatic primary amines and azaarenes in mutagenically active nitrogen fractions from a coal liquid.
Combustion: Except for Germany's Dotternhausen cement factory [Hilger, 54] and Israel's oil shale power plant [Geological Survey of Israel, 61], which use fluidized beds, the traditional way of burning oil shale is through pulverized firing, with high inefficiency, pollution and health hazards: indeed, the fine, respirable fraction of fly ash particles contains toxic and mutagenically active elements, which represent a health risk not only locally but also far from oil shale emission sources [Kirso et al., 42].