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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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Lethality in mice, inflammation and cytotoxicity induced by Cerastes cerastes venoms were significantly inhibited by the mixture of different amounts of E1 and E2 and the venom.
UANL-HE 20 259); Myzobdella moorei (Meyer, 1940) (UANL-HE 20 260); Ergasilus versicolor (Wilson 1911) (UANL-HE 20 261); Ergasilus arthrosis Roberts, 1969 (UANL-HE 20 262) y Ergasilus cerastes Roberts, 1969 (UANL-HE 20 263).
Bioenergetic correlates of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum.
scitus), FSCA Synonymy: Hamatabanus scitus (Walker), 1848; Tabanus hirtioculatus Macquart, 1855; Tabanus cerastes Osten Sacken, 1876; Tabanus fraterna Krober, 1931; Tabanus frater Krober, 1934
El monstruo alado, aborto de las glebas, que fecundo en purpureos aluviones el tabido furor de los Cerastes, al freno de su voz se inclina docil.
Increased antioxidant potential and decreased free radical production in response to mild injection of crude venom Cerastes cerastes gasperetti.
In tests on sandy inclines, Crotalus cerastes snakes easily outslithered 13 other kinds of pit vipers and a robotic snake, says physicist Daniel Goldman of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Characterization of cerastobin, a thrombin-like enzyme from the venom of Cerastes vipera (Sahara sand viper).
Ademas, se disenaron dos parejas de iniciadores (18Sf-18Sr y 28Sf-28Sr), para los genes 18S y 28S del ADN ribosomal (Tabla 1), utilizando las secuencias del GenBank EF125058, de la especie Cerastes cerastes y M59413, de la especie Heterodon platirhinos.
The other types of snakes native to Bahrain include the Arabian sand boa, Cerastes gasperettii, Hydrophis lapemoides, Hydrophis spiralis, Lapemis curtus, Pelamis platurus and Thalassophina viperina.
17) Tambien existen otras enzimas con la capacidad de hidrolizar coagulos in vitro e in vivo tales como afaacytina aislada de Cerastes cerastes, (18) atroxasa, de Crotalus atrox (19) y la fibrogenasa, de Vipera lebetina.