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miniature

much smaller in size than normal animals of the species, but with normal proportions. Animals born prematurely are miniatures but show evidence of prematurity in their haircoat, unerupted teeth and immature hooves. A nonviable form of miniaturism in calves with these characteristics is thought to be inherited. See also dwarfism.

miniature dog breeds
several dog breeds or varieties which are specified as miniatures, usually in contrast to a larger variety with similar characteristics except for size. They include the Miniature schnauzer, Miniature bull terrier, Miniature poodle, Miniature dachshund and miniature pinscher.
miniature endplate potentials
the steady release of acetylcholine from the nerve terminal, which results in subthreshold responses.
miniature pig
see miniature pig.
References in classic literature ?
She noticed too that the locket opened, and, pressing the hidden clasp, she saw the two halves spring apart to reveal in either section an ivory miniature.
Pointing to the miniature of the man within the locket he handed the photograph to Jane, holding the open locket beside it.
And that," said Mrs Reynolds, pointing to another of the miniatures, "is my master-- and very like him.
This room was my late master's favourite room, and these miniatures are just as they used to be then.
This is your mother," said Dorothea, who had turned to examine the group of miniatures.
A miniature painter lived there, for there was a large gilt frame screwed upon the street-door, in which were displayed, upon a black velvet ground, two portraits of naval dress coats with faces looking out of them, and telescopes attached; one of a young gentleman in a very vermilion uniform, flourishing a sabre; and one of a literary character with a high forehead, a pen and ink, six books, and a curtain.
She seems to have put aside the miniature, and is standing again before the toilet-glass.
So saying he drew forth the miniature from under his wing.
Its arms were fully as slender as its legs, and upon a rather long neck was perched its head -- not unlike the head of a man, except that its nose ended in a curling antenna, or "feeler," and its ears from the upper points bore antennae that decorated the sides of its head like two miniature, curling pig tails.
I thought miniature painting on ivory was a lost art.
When they were arranging him for his last rest, they found upon his bosom a small, plain miniature case, opening with a spring.
She told me, that that same evening William had teased her to let him wear a very valuable miniature that she possessed of your mother.