cynomolgus monkey


cy·​no·​mol·​gus monkey ˌsī-nə-ˈmäl-gəs- How to pronounce cynomolgus monkey (audio)
: crab-eating macaque

Note: The name cynomolgus monkey is used especially in referring to this monkey when used in medical research.

Not long ago neurobiologists at Rockefeller University installed a glass plate in the skull of an anesthetized cynomolgus monkey.Discover

Examples of cynomolgus monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The high contribution from the donor stem cells the research achieved is what gave the infant cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) a strange green tinge. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 The term resurfaced most recently after news broke that a team of researchers had created human-monkey chimeras by inserting human stem cells into cynomolgus monkey embryos at a very early stage of development. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2021 State troopers urged people not to look for or capture the cynomolgus monkey following the Friday afternoon crash on a state highway near an Interstate 80 exit in Montour County. Arkansas Online, 22 Jan. 2022 In the meantime, the price for a cynomolgus monkey has more than doubled from a year ago to well over $10,000, Mr. Lewis said. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 In a Dutch study of eight cynomolgus monkeys inoculated with SARS-CoV-2, the four oldest monkeys developed higher levels of the virus in nose and throat swabs compared with younger animals. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 13 Apr. 2020 Dave O’Connor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who is studying SARS-CoV-2 in cynomolgus monkeys, says the field will ultimately winnow down models. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 13 Apr. 2020 In China, two pigs with monkey cells were born after researchers genetically modified cynomolgus monkey cells in vitro. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 9 Dec. 2019 Additionally, Janssen researchers created a long-lasting version of GDF15 that was given to cynomolgus monkeys. Ryan Cross, Science | AAAS, 30 Aug. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, alteration of cynamolgus, from Latin, member of an ancient tribe in Africa, from Greek Kynamolgoi, literally, dog milkers

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cynomolgus monkey was in 1936

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“Cynomolgus monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

cynomolgus monkey

cy·​no·​mol·​gus monkey ˌsī-nə-ˌmäl-gəs- How to pronounce cynomolgus monkey (audio)
: a macaque (Macaca fascicularis synonym M. cynomolgus) of southeastern Asia, Borneo, and the Philippines that is often used in medical research
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