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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The majority of clinical trials are funded by the pharmaceutical industry, says Melina Kibbe, a vascular surgeon at the University of North Carolina who has studied the underuse of female animal models in pre-clinical research. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 As with azithromycin, any promising leads that come out of that in the next few months will next need to be tested in animal models. Quanta Magazine, "New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain," 7 July 2016 Still, preclinical and animal models support CBD as a viable therapy for anxiety, and multiple human case studies add to the evidence. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 While some studies have linked coconut oil use to decreasing diabetes risk by enhancing insulin sensitivity, most of these have only been conducted in animal models. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Claims You've Heard About Coconut Oil That Aren't True," 21 Feb. 2017 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

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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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