murine

[myoor-ahyn, -in]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Muridae, the family of rodents that includes the mice and rats.
noun
2.
a murine rodent.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin mūrīnus of mice, equivalent to mūr- (stem of mūs) mouse + -īnus -ine1

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murine (ˈmjʊəraɪn, -rɪn)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Muridae, an Old World family of rodents, typically having long hairless tails: includes rats and mice
2.  resembling a mouse or rat
 
n
3.  any animal belonging to the Muridae
 
[C17: from Latin mūrīnus of mice, from mūsmouse]

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murine
c.1600, from L. murinus, from mus "mouse" (see mouse).
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murine mu·rine (myur'īn')
adj.
Of, relating to, or transmitted by a member of the rodent family Muridae, including rats and mice.

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murine   (myr'īn')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Of or relating to a rodent of the family Muridae or subfamily Murinae, including rats and mice.

  2. Caused, transmitted, or affected by such a rodent.


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There are several other murine genera that are sometimes considered part of rattus.
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