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rat

(rat),
A rodent of the genus Rattus (family Muridae), involved in the spread of some diseases, including bubonic plague.

rat

(răt)
n.
a. Any of various long-tailed rodents resembling mice but larger, especially one of the genus Rattus.
b. Any of various animals similar to one of these long-tailed rodents.

RAT

Abbreviation for:
radiation therapy
recombinant human antithrombin
Remuneration And Terms (of service committee)
rheumatoid arthritis test
right atrial tachycardia

rat

Infectious disease A rodent, genus Rattus, which is a vector and/or reservoir of disease–eg, Bunyaviridae, black plague, rat-bite fever Vox populi A dishonorable person. See Lab rat, Weasel.

rat

(rat)
A rodent of the genus Rattus, a widespread predator and pest that attacks wild and domestic animals, consumes or damages crops and stored foodstuffs, and is involved in transmission of diseases (e.g., intestinal parasites, plague, typhus, rat-bite fever) to humans; laboratory rats belong to albino strains of the Norway rat, R. norvegicus.
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In one video, a snake appears to bite down on the kangaroo rat's furry body, but a swift kick to the head dislodges its fangs allowing the tiny martial artist to flee.
He said: "Both rattlesnakes and kangaroo rats are extreme athletes, with their maximum performance occurring during these interactions.
The topography within the range of the giant kangaroo rat is complex with the remaining populations separated by unsuitable habitat that can limit dispersal (Loew et al, 2005).
The kangaroo rat generally occupies sparsely vegetated grasslands and shrublands where bare ground is common during much of the year.
Not only do kangaroo rats have to worry about eating--they have to worry about not being eaten.
Stable and persistent basolateral AQP2 expression also occurs in the principal cells of the inner medullary collecting duct of kangaroo rat. The AQP2 expression ratio of the basolateral:apical membrane was determined at increasing 1000-[Mu]m intervals beginning from the outer medullaryinner medullary border and continuing to the tip of the papilla (Espineira and Pannabecker, 2014).
Estimating population size in the banner-tailed kangaroo rat. Southwestern Naturalist.
All seeds have a certain amount of free water, and kangaroo rats have adapted to preserve as much of this water as possible, says Yar Petryszyn.
For example, the impacts on nutrient cycling processes because of the influence of pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) (Mooney and Hobbs 1994), kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spectabilis) (Chew and Whitford 1992; Guo 1996), and prairie dogs (Cynomus ludovicianus) have all been measured (Carlson and White 1988).
He believes future life will also include fish that can fly and snails that can hop across the desert like a kangaroo rat.
* San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) a small hopping mammal in southern California, on April 23; and
My favourite was the cutesy Kangaroo Rat whose "cheeks can expand to take a large amount of seed." A valuable skill when you don't know where your next nosh is coming from.