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  1. belonging or pertaining to the Muridae, the family of rodents that includes the mice and rats.
  1. a murine rodent.

Origin of murine

1600–10; < Latin mūrīnus of mice, equivalent to mūr- (stem of mūs) mouse + -īnus -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for murine


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Muridae, an Old World family of rodents, typically having long hairless tails: includes rats and mice
  2. resembling a mouse or rat
  1. any animal belonging to the Muridae

Word Origin

C17: from Latin mūrīnus of mice, from mūs mouse
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Word Origin and History for murine


c.1600, from Latin murinus, from mus "mouse" (see mouse (n.)).

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murine in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Of, relating to, or transmitted by a member of the rodent family Muridae, including rats and mice.
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murine in Science


  1. Of or relating to a rodent of the subfamily Murinae, including rats and mice.
  2. Caused, transmitted, or affected by such a rodent.
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