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n. pl. lim·u·li (-lī, -lē)

[Latin līmulus, sidelong (from its motion), diminutive of līmus.]
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n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Animals) any horseshoe crab of the genus Limulus, esp L. polyphemus
[C19: from New Latin (name of genus), from Latin līmus sidelong]
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horse′shoe crab′

any of several large marine arthropods of the order Xiphosura, esp. Limulus polyphemus, of E North American shores, having a stiff tail and brown carapace curved like a horseshoe. Also called king crab.
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Noun1.limulus - type genus of the family LimulidaeLimulus - type genus of the family Limulidae  
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
family Limulidae, Limulidae - horseshoe crabs
horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, Xiphosurus polyphemus, king crab - large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse
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The American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, is an ecologically and economically important species found in bays and estuaries along the Atlantic coast of North America, including the Great Bay Estuary (GBE), New Hampshire.
The three tests commonly used to measure pyrogenicity are the in vivo rabbit pyrogen test (RPT), in vivo Limulus amoebocyte lysate (LAL) assay, and the in vitro monocyte activation test (MAT).
Wellington Management Company LLP, Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners and Cormorant Asset Management joined present investors OrbiMed, Longitude Capital, Sibling Capital Ventures, Limulus Venture Partners and Vivo Capital in the round.
Larger individuals of horseshoe crab (Limulus Polyphemus), and spiny dogfish were caught in the NY and NJ WEAs, and larger individuals of longhorn sculpin, ocean pout, sea raven (Hemitripterus americanus), and yellowtail flounder were caught in the RIMA-MA WEA (Fig.
multocida; a specific commercial Limulus polyphemus lectin (LPA) conjugated with alkaline phosphatase was added to the nasal explants (alkaline phosphatase-conjugated Limulus polyphemus lectin, horseshoe crab, EY Laboratories Inc., San Mateo, CA, USA).
The Atlantic horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, is an important species for a variety of reasons.
The limulus amoebocyte lysate test (LAL test) is a quantitative test for Gram-negative bacterial endotoxin.
Endotoxin levels in the samples were determined using the key quality characteristics limulus amebocyte lysate.
En relacion a los medicamentos biologicos, se entreno en ensayos y controles, en los principios teoricos sobre el ensayo del lisado de amebocitos del limulus (LAL) para endotoxinas bacterianas y en el programa de control de heparinas.