Definition of medaka in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈdäkə/
(also medakafish /məˈdäkə ˌfiSH/)


A small Japanese freshwater fish of variable color that is bred for aquariums and also extensively studied in the sciences.
  • Oryzias latipes, family Adrianichthyidae.
Example sentences
  • Genetic linkage maps have been developed for a number of fish species, including zebra fish, medaka, catfish, rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon, and Lake Malawi cichlids.
  • In the medaka, cortisol treatment increased the ability of acid-exposed fish to maintain plasma sodium levels.
  • The Japanese medaka were purchased from a biological supply company.

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Syllabification: me·da·ka

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