zebra fish


Definition of zebra fish

: any of various barred fishes especially : a very small blue-and-silver-striped Indian danio (Danio rerio synonym Brachydanio rerio) often kept in the tropical aquarium

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Recent Examples on the Web As the zebra fish developed, the scientists measured how the shape of the droplet changed, allowing them to determine the strength of the forces the cells actively applied against one another. Quanta Magazine, "‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos," 27 Sep. 2018 The data from the zebra fish and the models of temperature, neuronal noise and arousal matched perfectly. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "Sound Awake: “Noisy” Neurons May Repeatedly Disrupt Your Sleep," 1 May 2018 In subsequent, unpublished work, the compound stopped the growth of rapidly regenerating tissue in zebra fish, suggesting an indirect role in inhibiting some fast-growing tumors. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, "Microbes Living in Antarctic Huts Produce Novel Chemical Compounds," 1 June 2018 In contrast, zebra fish’s temperature varies quite a bit. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "Sound Awake: “Noisy” Neurons May Repeatedly Disrupt Your Sleep," 1 May 2018 And the researchers eventually hope to be able to monitor mutation rates real time in entire organisms, such as zebra fish, to see whether different tissues have different mutation rates. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Mutating DNA caught on film," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of zebra fish

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Zebra fish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20fish. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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