Definition of murine in US English:



  • Relating to or affecting mice or related rodents.

    Murine rodents belong to the family Muridae, in particular the subfamily Murinae of the Old World

    • ‘Some parts seem to be like bird or avian viruses, while other bits are similar to bovine or murine viruses.’
    • ‘The derivation of murine embryonic stem cells were first reported in 1981.’
    • ‘All mice were housed in a pathogen-free barrier facility in which sentinel mice were periodically monitored for common murine pathogens.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 17th century: from Latin murinus, from mus, mur- ‘mouse’.