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Germline mutation

Synonym(s)

  • hereditary mutation

Definition(s)

The presence of an altered gene within the egg and sperm (germ cell) such that the altered gene can be passed to subsequent generations

Definition from: GeneReviewsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 17, 2014