[myoo r-ahyn, -in]
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  1. a murine rodent.

Origin of murine

1600–10; < Latin mūrīnus of mice, equivalent to mūr- (stem of mūs) mouse + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for murine

vermin, murine

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 for murine

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


  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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