mu·​rine | \ ˈmyu̇r-ˌīn How to pronounce murine (audio) \

Definition of murine

: of or relating to a murid genus (Mus) or its subfamily (Murinae) which includes the common household rats and mice also : of, relating to, or involving these rodents and especially the house mouse

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murine noun

Examples of murine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The murine version of ACE2 is, however, the wrong shape for the virus to link up with. The Economist, "Laboratory mice An animal model of covid-19 is now available," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of murine

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for murine

ultimately from Latin mur-, mus

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“Murine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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mu·​rine | \ ˈmyu̇(ə)r-ˌīn How to pronounce murine (audio) \

Medical Definition of murine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to the genus Mus or to its subfamily (Murinae) that includes most of the rats and mice which habitually live in intimate association with humans murine rodents
b : of, relating to, or produced by the house mouse a murine odor
2 : affecting or transmitted by rats or mice murine rickettsial diseases



Medical Definition of murine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a murine animal

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