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 (krī-sē′tĭd, -sĕt′ĭd)
Any of various small rodents of the family Cricetidae, which includes muskrats and gerbils.

[From New Latin Cricetidae, family name, from Cricetus, hamster genus, from Medieval Latin cricetus, hamster, perhaps from Old Czech křeček, diminutive of křeč, of imitative origin.]

cri·ce′tid adj.


(Animals) any small rodent of the family Cricetidae


(kraɪˈsi tɪd, -ˈsɛt ɪd, krɪ-)

any rodent of the family Cricetidae, including gerbils, hamsters, New World rats and mice, lemmings, and voles.
[1955–60; < New Latin Cricetidae=Cricet(us) a genus, including the hamster (Medieval Latin: hamster, perhaps < Czech křeček) + -idae -id2]
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Nevertheless, variation in tooth number in natural populations of cricetid rodents is seldom observed (Hooper, 1955; Libardi and Percequillo, 2014).
In addition, we make a phylogenetic exploration of the new Postcopemys species using dental characters of some North American cricetid stock.
Fritts and Sealander (1978) compared the diets of bobcats between the Gulf Coastal Plain and Interior Highlands of Arkansas, and found the prey categories that occurred most frequently differed regionally; squirrels occurred more often in Interior Highland bobcat stomachs, whereas rabbits and cricetid rodents occurred more often in Coastal Plain bobcats.
The morphology of thyroid gland of African giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) a wild cricetid rodent has been described.
Antibodies to Tacaribe serocomplex viruses (family Arenaviridae, genus Arenavirus) in cricetid rodents from New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.
Depending on the model used, other genera disappear by the latest Vallesian, such as the cricetodontids Democricetodon and Megacricetodon, the cricetid Cricetulodon, two undetermined soricid genera and the dimylid Metacordylodon.
is a mystery, but it is possible that nocturnal predation on this species in pitfall traps by large colubrids or viperids, or perhaps other mammals explains the low numbers of this cricetid mouse.
Factors influencing the distributional abundance of two trophic guilds of Peruvian cricetid rodents.
Methods of identifying fossil small cricetid rodents: Applications to the late Quaternary Kokoweef Cave fauna.
1980: A new fossil genus of Soutb America cricetid rodents allied to Wiedomys, with ah assessment of the Sigmodontinae.