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jird

[jərd]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any one of the diminutive rodents composing related species of the genus Meriones which are inhabitants of northern Africa and southwestern Asia; they serve as experimental hosts for studies of schistosomiasis.
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Male jirds of 8-10 weeks old were transplanted intraperitoneally with freshly isolated adult worms from peritoneal cavity of the jirds harboring 5-6 months old B.
and Tristram's jird (Meriones tristrami tristrami) are also common rodents, and are considered agricultural pests (Moran 2003).
7% (3/31) in the Cairo spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus) to 100% (10/10) in the bushy-tailed jird (Sekeetamys calurus).
Jirds (Meriones libycus), jird carcasses, rodent burrows, and rodent excreta were found at the camel corral.
Attempts to obtain an isolate of the patient's parasite, by injecting specimens of his blood into hamsters and jirds, were unsuccessful (Table 2 footnote).
We have previously characterized this strain and maintained it by serial passage through jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) and ticks.
afzelii-infected jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) and two that had fed on noninfected jirds.