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

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Recent Examples on the Web The very first animal model of obesity set the precedent. Gary Taubes, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 Today, this is known as an animal model of the disease. James P. Brody, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 But in a Nature paper published in 2016, our team investigated both memory storage and memory recall processes in an animal model of early Alzheimer’s disease. Dheeraj Roy, Scientific American, 19 Oct. 2020 Primates are not always the best animal model for every aspect of the disease. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2020 For example, in animal models, [helper T cells] are important for protecting against [severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)]. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 22 May 2020 The company said the possible vaccine has shown success in animal models. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 16 May 2020 This led to some instances of organ damage in a few animal models, namely monkeys, ferrets, and also mice. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 1 May 2020 Potential pitfalls As mentioned earlier, in some previous work on developing a vaccine against SARS-CoV-1—the virus behind SARS—researchers came across a few instances where candidate vaccines seemed to make disease worse in animal models. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of animal model

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Animal model.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20model. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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