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 This year’s winning image of a juvenile zebra fish was captured as part of research by a team at the National Institutes of Health. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Luminous Zebra Fish Wins Contest for Microscopic Photography," 15 Oct. 2020 Making motorneurons takes less than a day in zebra fish, about four days in mice, and two weeks in humans—the timing differs rather dramatically. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "When building an embryo, timing is everything," 19 Sep. 2020 In a study published in Nature Communications in 2013, Jeroen Bakkers, a biologist at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, described how the zebra fish heart may curve to the right in the absence of Nodal. Tim Vernimmen, Quanta Magazine, "How Life Turns Asymmetric," 31 Jan. 2017 Campàs and his colleagues measured all three properties in different regions of the developing zebra fish embryo, from head to tail, and showed that the way the cells get packed and change their behavior also fits the theory of jamming. Quanta Magazine, "‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos," 27 Sep. 2018 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Smith, Scientific American, "Sound Awake: “Noisy” Neurons May Repeatedly Disrupt Your Sleep," 1 May 2018 In subsequent, unpublished work, the compound stopped the growth of rapidly regenerating tissue in zebra fish, suggesting an indirect role in inhibiting some fast-growing tumors.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

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First Known Use of zebra fish

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Zebra fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20fish. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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