One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or affecting mice or related rodents.
- ‘All mice were housed in a pathogen-free barrier facility in which sentinel mice were periodically monitored for common murine pathogens.’
- ‘The derivation of murine embryonic stem cells were first reported in 1981.’
- ‘We have demonstrated the utility of our approaches by examining developmental changes in the murine mammary gland during the transition to puberty.’
- ‘We examined these effects on the recovery of divergence dates within anthropoid primates and between two murine rodents, the mouse and the rat.’
- ‘Some parts seem to be like bird or avian viruses, while other bits are similar to bovine or murine viruses.’
Early 17th century: from Latin murinus, from mus, mur- ‘mouse’.
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