rhesus monkey

noun
rhe·​sus monkey | \ ˈrē-səs- How to pronounce rhesus monkey (audio) \

Definition of rhesus monkey

: a pale brown Asian macaque (Macaca mulatta) often used in medical research

called also rhesus, rhesus macaque

Examples of rhesus monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rhesus monkey experiments contributed to research that White hoped could lead to human head transplants -- a Frankenstein-esque idea that raises endless ethical questions. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2021 Two years before any humans flew into space, on May 28, 1959, Miss Baker and her colleague Miss Able, a rhesus monkey, were strapped into a Jupiter rocket and shot 300 miles into the sky. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 26 Mar. 2021 In 1970, White famously transplanted one rhesus monkey head onto the body of another monkey. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2021 Another rhesus monkey named Albert II, for example, became the first primate to reach space, achieving an altitude of 83 miles (134 km) aboard another V2 in June 1949. Mike Wall, Scientific American, 29 Jan. 2013 Bavari and other government scientists were co-authors of an article in the scientific journal Nature that described its discovery and successful tests in the government's rhesus monkeys. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2020 Fifty rhesus monkeys living in outdoor pens year-round were exposed to a prolonged period of wildfire smoke as infants in 2008. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2020 Two rhesus monkeys that recovered from being infected with SARS-CoV-2 at Peking Union Medical College were resistant to reinfection 4 weeks later. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 13 Apr. 2020 Fifty rhesus monkeys living in outdoor pens year-round were exposed to a prolonged period of wildfire smoke as infants in 2008. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of rhesus monkey

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhesus monkey

New Latin Rhesus, genus of monkeys, from Latin, a mythical king of Thrace, from Greek Rhēsos

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“Rhesus monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhesus%20monkey. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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rhesus monkey

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English Language Learners Definition of rhesus monkey

: a small monkey that is often used in medical research

rhesus monkey

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Medical Definition of rhesus monkey

: a pale brown Asian monkey of the genus Macaca (M. mulatta) often used in medical research

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