NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,098 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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hereditary mutation
(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.