green monkey

noun

Definition of green monkey

:a long-tailed monkey of any of several African subspecies of a guenon (Cercopithecus aethiops synonym Chloroebus aethiops) having greenish-appearing hair and often used in medical research called also vervet

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1758


Medical Dictionary

green monkey

noun

medical Definition of green monkey

:a long-tailed African monkey of the genus Cercopithecus (C. aethiops) that has greenish-appearing hair and is often used in medical research called also vervet monkey

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