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Myomorpha

Syllabification: My·o·mor·pha
Pronunciation: /ˌmīəˈmôrfə
 
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Zoology

Definition of Myomorpha in English:

A major division of the rodents that includes the rats, mice, voles, hamsters, and their relatives.
Example sentences
  • Still other families of the Myomorpha include the dormouse, jumping mouse, and jerboa.
  • The rate of nucleotide substitutions in mice and rats is known to be higher than in other mammal groups; these results suggest rate changes within the lineage of Suborder Myomorpha.
  • They placed them within Myomorpha based on derived cranial characters.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek mus, mu- 'mouse' + morphē 'form'.

Derivatives

myomorph

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīəˌmôrf/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • If this is true, then it indicates that caviomorphs are not closely related genetically to the myomorphs and should be recognized as a different order.
  • Testes in male myomorphs are relatively large and present in a scrotum, whereas male guinea pigs and chinchillas do not have a true scrotum and the testes lie in the inguinal canal.
  • Three jaw muscle patterns, sciuromorph, myomorph, and hystricomorph are often used to designate major taxonomic divisions of the rodents.

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