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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



hereditary mutation  listen  (heh-REH-dih-tayr-ee myoo-TAY-shun)

  A gene change in a body's reproductive cell (egg or sperm) that becomes incorporated into the DNA of every cell in the body of the offspring. Hereditary mutations are passed on from parents to offspring. Also called germline mutation.