anestrus

[an-es-truhs]
noun Zoology.
(of a female mammal) the interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of heat or rut.
Also, anoestrus.


Origin:
1925–30; an-1 + estrus

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anestrus (ænˈiːstrəs)
 
n
a variant spelling (esp US) of anoestrus
 
an'estrous
 
adj

anoestrus or anestrus (ænˈiːstrəs)
 
n
a period of sexual inactivity between two periods of oestrus in many mammals
 
[C20: New Latin; see an-, oestrus]
 
anestrus or anestrus
 
n
 
[C20: New Latin; see an-, oestrus]
 
an'oestrous or anestrus
 
adj
 
an'estrous or anestrus
 
adj

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Females experienced a seasonal anestrus during the late summer and early fall.
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