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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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Summary: The word 'Cerastes,' adorned his boxing robe, with Majid and Al Naqbi inscribed above and below it.
They were grouped with sequences from a white-lipped Herald snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia from Niger, a horseshoe whip snake Hemorrhois hippocrepis from Spain, the Arabian horned viper Cerastes gasperettii, and the diademed sand snake Lytorhynchus diadema from Oman.
The sand horned vipers (genus Cerastes) are the best identified and most abundant venomous snakes of the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East [1].
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
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).