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ham·ster

(ham'stĕr),
Any of four genera (subfamily Cricetinae, family Muridae) of small rodents widely used in research and as pets: Cricetus, Cricetulus, Mesocricetus, and Phodopus. All hamsters are seed and plant feeders, store food, hibernate in winter, and breed throughout the year under laboratory conditions.

hamster

/ham·ster/ (ham´ster) a small ratlike rodent, most commonly Cricetus cricetus, used extensively in laboratory experiments.

hamster

A rodent, Cricetus cricetus, belonging to the family Cricetidae, common in Europe and western Asia. It is extensively used in medical research.

hamster

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As the intrepid hamster does not belong to nearby neighbours, the RSPCA thinks she may have come from further afield.
Hamsters from eastern Europe are not of interest merely on their own.
Greenhill does not spay or neuter hamsters because of the small size of the critters.
I am," Kayla replied, looking around the room crowded with kids and hamster cages.
Lead researcher Dr Emily Bethell, from LJMU, said: "This study shows that hamsters housed in enriched environments make more optimistic judgments about otherwise ambiguous information.
Lisa Stewart's hamster survived having a pail of water toppled over his cage during cleaning and was promptly renamed Flash.
My hamster, Hammy, has weeping eyes, a runny nose and seems to be sneezing/hiccupping.
Improving the habitat of the common hamster, by testing promising farming practices under real-life conditions so that the right habitat is provided in space and over time;
The hamsters exposed to night light had a reduced number of so-called dendrite spines on the surface of cells in this region.
Clearly something had happened to at least one of the hamsters.
In experiments, scientists fed hamsters high-fat rations.
The court confirmed this point and noted, moreover, that "the measures implemented by France, in 2008, were not adequate to enable effective avoidance of deterioration or destruction of the breeding sites and resting places" of the European hamster.