animal model

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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

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These include a species of a brain-eating amoeba that can legally be grown in animal models at only two places in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and UCSD. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UCSD steps up fight against tropical parasitical diseases," 4 July 2018 Mini-hearts aren’t going to fully replace animal models anytime soon. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives," 27 June 2018 Testing these drugs in animal models of another neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson's disease, also showed impressive effects, and two clinical trials in Parkinson's patients showed good protective effects. Christian Holscher, CNN, "New approach to Alzheimer's fight: Diabetes drugs," 15 June 2018 Increasingly, Dagdeviren and others are investigating a plethora of ways that devices could make use of these inner energy resources and are testing such wearable or implantable devices in animal models and people. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Two new studies published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine could change that, although both are still in preliminary testing on animal models of cholera. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "New Probiotic Cholera Vaccine Can Outrace the Infection’s Rapid Spread," 13 June 2018 Laboratory mice have long been the standard animal model for research, in part because they can be bred quickly and given distinct genetic traits. Amy Sutherland, BostonGlobe.com, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 16 May 2018 Increasingly, researchers are testing such wearable or implantable devices in animal models and people. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018 Loring and colleagues have demonstrated the method in animal models. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "10,000 Maniacs in concert Saturday in Vista to fight Parkinson's disease," 2 May 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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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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