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Any of various aquatic, tongueless, clawed frogs of the genus Xenopus of southern Africa, certain species of which, especially the African clawed frog, are widely used for biological research.

[New Latin Xenopūs, genus name : xeno- + Greek pous, foot; see octopus.]
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(Animals) an African clawed frog of the genus Xenopus having no tongue
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Noun1.xenopus - an African clawed frogXenopus - an African clawed frog; in some classifications made the type genus of a separate family Xenopodidae
amphibian genus - any genus of amphibians
family Pipidae, Pipidae - tongueless frogs
African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis - a tongueless frog native to Africa; established in the United States as result of release of laboratory and aquarium animals
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In addition, one African clawed frog larvae (tadpole) (Xenopus laevis), and approximately 10 red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarki), were taken.
Polyploid Xenopus laevis (African Clawed Frog), however, exhibit the opposite changes, being feminized at high temperatures and masculinized at low temperatures (Kobel 1996).
Susan Cohen-Cory and colleagues studied DHA's effect in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.
The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) is a smooth-skinned frog with a flattened body, small head, blunt snout, and small upturned eyes with no lids (Stebbins, 2003; Dodd, 2013).
The Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus (FETAX) assay is a widely used, validated vertebrate toxicity assay that uses the South African clawed frog Xenopus laevis (Bantle & Sabourin, 1991).
The colloidal thyroxine (1.4) ring as a novel biomarker of perchlorate exposure in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.
Focusing on specific bacteria, yeast, fruit flies, the African clawed frog, mice, and humans, they explain how all living organisms store their genome as DNA and how they all use the same evolutionary-conserved mechanism to duplicate it, as well as how this replication fork determines where organisms begin duplication, how they produce a complete copy of their genome each time a cell divides, and how they link duplication to cell division.
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Takeuchi and colleagues injected parts of the DNA of three insects - the silkmoth, diamondback moth and fruit fly - into eggs extracted from the African clawed frog.