Definition of Mesocricetus
1. Noun. Golden hamsters.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Cricetidae, Family Cricetidae
Member holonyms: Golden Hamster, Mesocricetus Auratus, Syrian Hamster
Medical Definition of Mesocricetus
1. A genus of the family muridae having three species. The present domesticated strains were developed from individuals brought from syria. They are widely used in biomedical research. (12 Dec 1998)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mesocricetus
Literary usage of Mesocricetus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Final Report edited by Joyce C Laslof, Marguerite Knox, John D Baldeschwieler (1997)
"... M., Moore, T., et al., "Diazapam Exacerbates Conditioned Defeat in Hamsters (mesocricetus auratus)," Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, in press. ..."
2. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Golden hamsters (mesocricetus auratus) were used. In this species, ovulation occurs every fourth day and is photoperiodically controlled. ..."
3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"... to which a separate article is devoted (see HAMSTER); the genus include* a number of species ranged under several sub-genera, such as mesocricetus, ..."
4. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"Two Old World representatives of the family Cricetidae that have become widely used in the laboratory are the hamster (mesocricetus or Cricetulus) and the ..."
5. Manual of Microbiologic Monitoring of Laboratory Animals edited by Kim Waggie (1994)
"For LCMV, the primary and secondary reservoirs are the house mouse Mus musculus and hamster mesocricetus auratus (19,20). Natural infections also occur in ..."