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animal model

noun

Definition of ANIMAL MODEL

:  an animal sufficiently like humans in its anatomy, physiology, or response to a pathogen to be used in medical research in order to obtain results that can be extrapolated to human medicine; also :  a pathological or physiological condition that occurs in such an animal and is similar to one occurring in humans

First Known Use of ANIMAL MODEL

1973
Medical Dictionary

animal model

noun

Medical Definition of ANIMAL MODEL

:  an animal sufficiently like humans in its anatomy, physiology, or response to a pathogen to be used in medical research in order to obtain results that can be extrapolated to human medicine; also :  a pathological or physiological condition that occurs in such an animal and is similar (as in its pathology or physiology) to a human condition <experimental allergic encephalomyelitis is a useful animal model in the study of multiple sclerosis in humans>

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