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Any of four genera (subfamily Cricetinae, family Muridae) of small rodents widely used in research and as pets: Cricetus, Cricetulus, Mesocricetus, and Phodopus. All hamsters are seed and plant feeders, store food, hibernate in winter, and breed throughout the year under laboratory conditions.
hamster/ham·ster/ (ham´ster) a small ratlike rodent, most commonly Cricetus cricetus, used extensively in laboratory experiments.
A rodent, Cricetus cricetus, belonging to the family Cricetidae, common in Europe and western Asia. It is extensively used in medical research.