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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.

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To mimic conditions that can lead to jet lag, scientists habituated hamsters to a daily routine of 14 hours of light and 10 hours of darkness.
Of the specimens examined, 5 hamsters were positive for LCMV by at least 1 method (Table 2): 3 were positive by IFA, but not by ELISA.
RSPCA general manager Nikki Smith said: "The hamsters are aged between six weeks and six months and are a variety of colours from grey, brown and winter-white.
Stimulated hamsters appeared to be more hopeful about the chances of obtaining a sweet rather than bitter drink from the tube, said the scientists.
When Lorraine Barrie was trying to find her son's escaped hamster Murray from behind her couch, she found a bulging sock with PS500 inside.
Hamsters eyesight isn't great, be sure to approach them slowly to avoid startling them.
If a bluish circle can be seen in the centre of the eye, it is possible that they have developed cataracts, which is very common in older hamsters.
The ALISTER project aims to test the relevance, effectiveness and pre-conditions for innovative actions targeting an improvement in the viability of hamster populations in Alsace.
Hamsters in both groups were given a choice between drinking tap water or sugar water.
The family renamed the hamster Jesus in the spirit of the Easter season.
She saw the hamster explode, with its guts spilling onto the floor.
McGregor, of Perth, said she was terrified of hamsters.