ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio) \

Definition of macaque

: any of a genus (Macaca) of chiefly Asian monkeys typically having a sturdy build and including some short-tailed or tailless forms especially : rhesus monkey

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Recent Examples on the Web But the macaques still had high levels of virus replicating in their upper airways. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The world needs Covid-19 vaccines. It may also be overestimating their power," 22 May 2020 One important caveat of the new study is that macaques do not perfectly reflect how the human immune system behaves. Popular Science, "Studies in monkeys show that coronavirus immunity holds up in vaccine treatments," 22 May 2020 The tests on the macaques were conducted at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Moderna's possible coronavirus vaccine delivers preliminary but promising data," 18 May 2020 Researchers conducted efficacy testing on the macaques at the National Institure of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Fox News, "Investigational vaccine protects monkeys against COVID-19 pneumonia," 16 May 2020 But macaques have so far shown mostly mild symptoms after coronavirus infection. Mallory Pickett, Wired, "The Search for a Covid-19 Research Animal Model," 11 May 2020 The macaques are usually fed by tourists who visit the ancient city, but with an 85 percent drop in tourism, the monkeys became more aggressive in their search for food. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play," 1 Apr. 2020 In July, a macaque injured its finger by placing it in a small hole that was part of its cage. Laura Garcia,, "Report: 2 monkeys died, 2 injured at Texas Biomed in 2019," 8 Jan. 2020 For the first time, one of the many COVID-19 vaccines in development has protected an animal, rhesus macaques, from infection by the new coronavirus, scientists report. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of macaque

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macaque

French, from Portuguese macaco, from kaku mangabey, plural makaku, in one or more Bantu languages of Gabon and Congo

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“Macaque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk \

Kids Definition of macaque

: a monkey mostly found in Asia that often has a short tail


ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio) \

Medical Definition of macaque

: any of numerous short-tailed Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca and related genera chiefly of southern Asia especially : rhesus monkey

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