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1. The coat of soft, fine hair of some mammals.
2. A layer of epithelial debris and fungal elements on the dorsum of the tongue. It is related more to neglected oral hygiene than to an underlying disease process.
[M.E. furre, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]
1. The thick coat of soft hair covering the skin of certain mammals.
2. A furlike coating: fur on the tongue.
tr.v. furred, furring, furs
To cover or coat as if with fur.
fursoft, fine hair growing thickly on the skin of animals, mainly mammals, associated with heat retention.
short, very fine and soft hair. Valuable as pelts for use in cold climate and high fashion garments.
animals bred or trapped in the wild for their pelts. Includes mink, sable, otter, lapin, ermine, marten.
accumulations of fur, swallowed during the natural grooming procedures of cats, can be a cause of vomiting, enteritis and uncommonly intestinal obstruction. Most troublesome in longhaired cats and those with skin disease that prompts more grooming.
see fur animal (above).
chewing of fur by captive mink rendering the pelt useless. A vice apparently caused by cage boredom.
fur seal alopecia
caused in captive seals by overgrooming, a displacement activity. Alopecia occurs on the head and the posterior body, the easiest places for the seal to scratch.