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Definition of Athymic mouse

Athymic mouse: A laboratory mouse lacking a thymus gland. Athymic mice have no T cells and useful in research because they do not reject tumor or other cells transplanted from mice, humans or other species. See: Nude mouse.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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