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1 A small rodent, a household pest and occasional source of human disease, e.g., rickettsial pox, transmitted to humans by mites that infest mice. Mice are a favorite laboratory animal, used in genetics, and to test toxicity or the virulence of pathogens.

2 The tracking and pointing device used to activate computer programs, e.g., in searching the World Wide Web.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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