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Definition of Acquired mutation

Acquired mutation: A genetic change that occurs in a single cell after the conception of an individual. That change is then passed along to all cells descended from that cell. Acquired mutations are involved in the development of cancer.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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