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house mouse

A common mouse (Mus musculus) that lives in or near buildings, can be an agricultural pest and carrier of disease, and is bred in numerous strains for use as a laboratory animal.


pl. mice.
1. small rodent, various species of which are used in laboratory experiments and kept as domestic pets.
2. a small loose body, e.g. in a joint.

athymic mouse
banana mouse
common mouse
members of several subfamilies of the family Muridae which includes the mice, rats and Eurasian voles. Old World mice (subfamily Murinae) include many species such as house mouse (Mus musculus), harvest mouse and wood mouse. New World mice (subfamily Cricetinae) also include many species and varieties such as deer mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Banana mice (Dendromus spp.) live in banana trees and are related to the fat mice which live in sandy burrows.
mouse deer
mouse ectromelia
see ectromelia (2).
field mouse
lives in fields, woods and gardens. Includes Apodemus flavicollis (yellow-necked field mouse) and A. sylvaticus (European long-tailed field mouse).
house mouse
see musmusculus.
joint mouse
a movable fragment of synovial membrane, cartilage or other body within a joint; usually associated with degenerative osteoarthritis and osteochondritis dissecans.
laboratory mouse
similar in many ways to wild mice, but selectively bred to be of a consistent type for experimental work under laboratory conditions. Many lines are closely inbred to produce selected genetic characteristics that make them develop certain diseases or biochemical abnormalities. Most laboratory mice are white, but some colored varieties exist.
mouse lactic dehydrogenase elevating virus
an arterivirus, originally isolated as a contaminant of transplantable mouse tumor cells. Subsequently found to cause life-long viremia associated with elevated blood levels of lactic dehydrogenase, but no clinical disease.
marsupial mouse
an insectivorous, mouse-like member of the subfamily Phascogalinae; the smallest of existing marsupials.
mouse parvovirus
see minute mouse virus.
peritoneal mouse
a free body in the peritoneal cavity, probably a small detached mass or omentum, sometimes visible radiographically.
mouse pneumonia virus
a pneumovirus that causes chronic illness and emaciation in athymic mice, but subclinical infection in others.
mouse poliomyelitis
a picornavirus disease causing generalized paralysis in older mice (6 to 10 weeks) and encephalitis in younger mice (up to 30 days). Called also theiler's disease.
mouse pox
see ectromelia (2).
spiny pocket mouse
small rodent with large food pockets in its cheeks; called also Perognathus spinatus.
mouse tick
mouse typhoid
infection by Salmonella enteritidis.
white-footed mouse
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Sparks used mousetraps in March 2007 to capture 42 small mammals, white-footed mouse (14 individuals), prairie deer mouse (8), house mouse (8), prairie vole (4), meadow vole (4), and southern bog lemming (1).
The mouse usually referred to as a house mouse (Mus muculus) followed European settlers across the Atlantic, he said, and is closely associated with human activities and urban environments.
The house mouse is the resident native or introduced species throughout Western Europe, North Africa, and North and South America.
Let me tell you, when you wake up in the night with a wee field mouse scuttling about on the end of your bed you're not necessarily thinking about how cute it is, how its big eyes and dove-coloured coat make it much more Disney-friendly than your average house mouse, though all this is true.
The town mouse is a house mouse (Mus musculus), while the country mouse is a field or wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus--which may account for Marie's country mouse living in a forest), and although, pace Pittock, there is some evidence that each species occasionally strays into the other's habitat, they tend not to stay there long, being better adapted and doubtless more comfortable in their customary surroundings.
Pet mice originally descended from the wild house mouse and the ancient Greeks worshipped them more than 3,000 years ago.
I didn't dare risk going back then to my dull house mouse brown - so there I was, and here I am, still blonde.
The largest trout (39 cm) contained a single worm in addition to a house mouse (Cochran and Cochran 1999).
Another possible threat to the breeding Ashy population is the presence of the introduced House mouse (Mus musculus), which is capable of entering crevices and taking eggs and even small chicks.
Overall, 67 specimens of seven species of mammals (all rodents) were captured: white-footed mouse (23 individuals in all habitats), deer mouse (14 individuals), hispid cotton rat (10 individuals), pygmy mouse (10 individuals), fulvous harvest mouse (7 individuals), eastern wood rat (2 individuals) and a house mouse (Mus musculus, 1 individual).
As a result, the Star Ledger reported: "The Senate yesterday passed a bill that would expand the list of activities exempted from the [law] to include the killing or disposal of a Norway brown rat, black rat, and house mouse.
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