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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



athymic nude mouse  listen  (ay-THY-mik nood ...)

  A type of laboratory mouse that is hairless, lacks a normal thymus gland, and has a defective immune system because of a genetic mutation. Athymic nude mice are often used in cancer research because they do not reject tumor cells, from mice or other species.