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

Examples of zebra fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mosca notes the same strategies used in this study will likely help illuminate brain-behavior links in other model animals such as zebra fish or fruit flies. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 21 Aug. 2023 Some zebra fish eyes contained concentrations of cocaine that were 1,000 times higher than levels that would be lethal to humans. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 26 July 2023 Morais cautioned, however, that neither zebra fish nor mice are perfect analogues for human beings — or for each other. Joanna Thompson, Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2022 The drug has already proved effective in infected zebra fish and is moving on to trials in mice. Stephanie Stone, Scientific American, 23 July 2022 Jain tackled the problem by looking at how bone grows in zebra fish fins. Erica Westly, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2012 The team sifted through 40,000 different genes from nematodes, zebra fish and mice, and identified 30 genes common to each species — and humans — that significantly influenced the aging process. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2015 The team hypothesized that a healthy gut microbiome somehow enables microglia to flourish in zebra fish brains. Joanna Thompson, Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2022 Scientists have also found something similar in two reptile species and hints of a state like it in zebra fish. Betsy Mason, Scientific American, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zebra fish was in 1771

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“Zebra fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20fish. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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