Definition of rhesus monkey in English:

rhesus monkey

(also rhesus macaque)

noun

  • A small brown macaque with red skin on the face and rump, native to southern Asia. It is often kept in captivity and is widely used in medical research.

    • ‘As I reported in another recent post fetal alcohol exposure in early pregnancy or during the full length of pregnancy in rhesus macaque monkeys resulted in macaques that had blunted responses to stimuli.’
    • ‘Thanks to misfit monkeys like George, a rhesus macaque living in a lab in Maryland, researchers have clues to the missing element.’
    • ‘Concentrations of relaxin in the plasma of the human, the rhesus monkey, and the marmoset during the peri-implantation period implicate relaxin as being involved in this critical period of feto-maternal interaction in these species.’
    • ‘The research involved investigating the genetic structure of the rhesus monkey.’
    • ‘In 1973, the monkey was featured in The Best of LIFE under the heading ‘Fun Out of Life,’ with the caption ‘An unhappy rhesus monkey… glowers from a sandbar after escaping chattering females.’’
    • ‘Thus, dynamic interaction between estrogens and progesterones may underlie women's sexual behavior, as it does in the rhesus monkey and Norway rat.’
    • ‘In contrast, the nuclear pseudogene detectable in the rhesus monkey that translocated before the divergence of the Anthropoidea exhibits a clearly different nucleotide composition.’
    • ‘This summer, the centers also began initial sequence production for creating a reference version of the genome of the rhesus macaque, which is a monkey that is widely used in studies of human immunodeficiency virus infection.’
    • ‘It was a two-page story with six photographs, including a life-size image of a rhesus monkey, three photos of scientists working with monkeys and two photos of monkeys from India exploring their new environment.’
    • ‘The testis skin from a young rhesus macaque monkey was implanted under the skin on the back of a mouse with a depleted immune system.’
    • ‘A part of the brain that's involved in sound processing shows pronounced activity when rhesus monkeys hear their comrades vocalizing but not when the same animals hear other sounds, a new brain-scan investigation finds.’
    • ‘I suppose I should have learned my lesson last year, after my first round picks went 1-3 and the one series I did get right (Seattle over Cleveland) could have been correctly predicted by a trained rhesus monkey.’
    • ‘Landsteiner ignored them and continued working on the few rhesus macaque monkeys that he could get.’
    • ‘A New York Times story reports a successful experiment in which jellyfish genes were mixed with the sperm cells of the rhesus monkey.’
    • ‘This sensitivity to social context makes the rhesus monkey a valuable model for understanding human sexual behavior, where both social conditions and hormones influence the occurrence of sexual behavior.’
    • ‘To better understand how taste perception may vary among humans and apes, we sequenced the T2R gene repertoires of a human and all extant ape species (chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan) as well as a rhesus macaque and a baboon.’
    • ‘Research on a fellow primate, the rhesus monkey, reveals a gender gap in spatial cognition, but one that it is easily overcome with training.’
    • ‘There is another C insertion at site 100 in the rhesus monkey, and this insertion is conserved in the five macaque species tested.’
    • ‘Researchers from the US implanted ovarian tissue into an infertile rhesus monkey, using one of the resulting eggs to produce a healthy test-tube baby.’
    • ‘‘Practical’ research was permitted, and Tan wrote several papers on the effects of high-energy radiation on the chromosomes of the rhesus monkey.’

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin rhesus, arbitrary use of Latin Rhesus (from Greek Rhēsos, the name of a mythical king of Thrace).

Pronunciation:

rhesus monkey

/ˈriːsəsmʌŋki/