Definition of Wistar rat in English:

Wistar rat


Biology Medicine
  • A rat of a strain developed for laboratory purposes.

    • ‘Male Wistar rats were given 10 or 20% ethanol in the drinking water for 3 or 6 weeks and no chromosome aberrations were found in the bone marrow or peripheral blood lymphocytes.’
    • ‘All experiments were conducted on male Wistar rats in accordance with regulations of the French Ministry of Agriculture.’
    • ‘Albino Wistar rats fed on standard chow diet were obtained from the Animal House, College of Medicine, King Faisal University and used for the study.’
    • ‘The subjects were 16 male hooded Wistar rats supplied by the Laboratory Animal Services Branch of the University of Adelaide, Australia.’
    • ‘A total of 78 Wistar rats were divided into 13 groups of 6 animals each.’


1930s: named after the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, Philadelphia, US.


Wistar rat