Russell's viper

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1. any snake of the viperid and crotalid families (the true vipers and the pit vipers).
2. a term sometimes used to refer to any venomous snake.
Old World viper true viper.
pit viper any of a family of venomous snakes found in North America including the many types of rattlesnakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus), as well as the copperheads and water moccasins (both of genus Agkistrodon).
Russell's viper Vipera russellii, a true viper of Southeast Asia whose venom (Russell's viper venom) is used in blood tests.
true viper any of a large family of venomous snakes found in Africa, parts of Europe, Asia, and adjacent islands, but not in the Americas or Australia; it includes cobras and adders, among others. Called also Old World viper, viperid, and viperine.
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Russell's viper

A venomous snake (Daboia russelii) of South and Southeast Asia, characterized by large black-ringed spots on yellow, tan, or light brown skin.
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All the cases received ASV within the window period of 6 hours and some cases of Russell's viper bites developed renal failure with two cases of mortality.
de Silva, "Lack of myocardial damage following Sri Lankan Russell's viper and hump-nosed viper bites.," The Ceylon Medical Journal, vol.
It was a dangerous operation as the Russell's viper is highly venomous, requiring our team to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of bystanders as well as of the snake.
Russell's viper venom was obtained from in-house snake farm of Haffkine Bio-Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd., Pune, India and was preserved at 4[degrees]C.
The venom of the Russell's viper, like that of many snakes, is a complex combination of a variety of components that can either encourage or block blood coagulation.
Sequence of complete cytochrome b from Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) was included among the cytochrome sequences studied for myriad of Colubroidea (Lawson et al., 2005).
I thought it was the Russell's viper. I heard someone in the background shout "It's a python!" Python?
ABBREVIATIONS: APL = antiphospholipid antibodies; APS = antiphospholipid syndrome; APTT = activated partial thromboplastin time; [[beta].sub.2]-GPI = [beta.sub.2]-glycoprotein I; dRVVT = dilute Russell's viper venom time; ELISA = enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; Ig = immunoglobulin; KCT = kaolin clotting time; LA = lupus anticoagulant.
He begins by visiting Sri Lanka, home of the Russell's viper,an aggressive snake which injures 30,000 people a year and kills hundreds of others with its deadly venom.
"The one with the most insidious effect is the Burmese Russell's Viper," Bryan says.

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