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house mouse

A common mouse (Mus musculus) that lives in or near buildings, can be an agricultural pest and carrier of disease, and is bred in numerous strains for use as a laboratory animal.


pl. mice.
1. small rodent, various species of which are used in laboratory experiments and kept as domestic pets.
2. a small loose body, e.g. in a joint.

athymic mouse
banana mouse
common mouse
members of several subfamilies of the family Muridae which includes the mice, rats and Eurasian voles. Old World mice (subfamily Murinae) include many species such as house mouse (Mus musculus), harvest mouse and wood mouse. New World mice (subfamily Cricetinae) also include many species and varieties such as deer mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Banana mice (Dendromus spp.) live in banana trees and are related to the fat mice which live in sandy burrows.
mouse deer
mouse ectromelia
see ectromelia (2).
field mouse
lives in fields, woods and gardens. Includes Apodemus flavicollis (yellow-necked field mouse) and A. sylvaticus (European long-tailed field mouse).
house mouse
see musmusculus.
joint mouse
a movable fragment of synovial membrane, cartilage or other body within a joint; usually associated with degenerative osteoarthritis and osteochondritis dissecans.
laboratory mouse
similar in many ways to wild mice, but selectively bred to be of a consistent type for experimental work under laboratory conditions. Many lines are closely inbred to produce selected genetic characteristics that make them develop certain diseases or biochemical abnormalities. Most laboratory mice are white, but some colored varieties exist.
mouse lactic dehydrogenase elevating virus
an arterivirus, originally isolated as a contaminant of transplantable mouse tumor cells. Subsequently found to cause life-long viremia associated with elevated blood levels of lactic dehydrogenase, but no clinical disease.
marsupial mouse
an insectivorous, mouse-like member of the subfamily Phascogalinae; the smallest of existing marsupials.
mouse parvovirus
see minute mouse virus.
peritoneal mouse
a free body in the peritoneal cavity, probably a small detached mass or omentum, sometimes visible radiographically.
mouse pneumonia virus
a pneumovirus that causes chronic illness and emaciation in athymic mice, but subclinical infection in others.
mouse poliomyelitis
a picornavirus disease causing generalized paralysis in older mice (6 to 10 weeks) and encephalitis in younger mice (up to 30 days). Called also theiler's disease.
mouse pox
see ectromelia (2).
spiny pocket mouse
small rodent with large food pockets in its cheeks; called also Perognathus spinatus.
mouse tick
mouse typhoid
infection by Salmonella enteritidis.
white-footed mouse
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