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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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The Russell's viper, he said, was one of the four large snakes found in the subcontinent and known to be highly venomous after krait, another large snake.
An 18 year old female patient was admitted to our hospital with the history of being bitten by a Russell's viper on the right foot while returning from the fields in the evening.
A diagnosis of post Russell's viper bite pituitary apoplexy was made and the patient was put on oral ethinyl estradiol/norgestrel, hydrocortisone followed by levo-thyroxine replacement.
Diagnosing hypopituitarism in a case of Russell's viper envenomation requires a strong clinical suspicion for this rare complication.

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