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n. pl. cerastes
Either of two venomous snakes of the genus Cerastes that have a hornlike projection over each eye, including the horned viper.

[Middle English, from Latin cerastēs, from Greek kerastēs, horned serpent, from keras, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -tes
(Animals) any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper
[C16: from Latin: horned serpent, from Greek kerastēs horned, from keras horn]


(səˈræs tiz)

n., pl. -tes.
2. any of several small African vipers of the genus Cerastes.
[< New Latin (1768) < Greek kerástēs literally, something horned <kerat-, s. of kéras horn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cerastes - highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eyecerastes - highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye
viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
Aspis, genus Aspis, genus Cerastes - horned vipers
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scitus), FSCA Synonymy: Hamatabanus scitus (Walker), 1848; Tabanus hirtioculatus Macquart, 1855; Tabanus cerastes Osten Sacken, 1876; Tabanus fraterna Krober, 1931; Tabanus frater Krober, 1934
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The only anti-venom available in Abu Dhabi hospitals is Polyvalent Snake Antivenom (Equine), which contains immunoglobulin fraction in a sufficient quantity to neutralise 25 times the lethal dose of venom of six species of snakes, including Bitis Arietans, Cerastes Cerastes, Echis Carinatus, Echis Coloratus, Naja Haje and Walterinnesia Aegyptia.
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