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Definition of "murine" [mu•rine]

  • Of or relating to a rodent of the family Muridae or subfamily Murinae, including rats and mice. (adjective)
  • Caused, transmitted, or affected by such a rodent: a murine plague. (adjective)
  • A murine rodent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "murine" in a sentence
  • "Most of the subjects -- 32, or 86.5 percent -- tested positive for a virus known as a murine leukemia virus-related virus, the researchers found."
  • "Most of the subjects -- 32, or 86.5 percent -- tested positive for a virus known as a murine leukemia virus-related virus."
  • "The group of viruses identified in fatigue patients, called murine leukemia virus-related viruses, or MLV, are known to cause cancer and neurological problems in mice, but whether they cause disease in humans isn't known."