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n. pl. vi·var·i·ums or vi·var·i·a (-ē-ə)
A place, such as an enclosure or facility, used for keeping living animals for observation or research.

[Latin vīvārium, from neuter of vīvārius, of living creatures, from vīvus, alive; see vivify.]


n, pl -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
(Zoology) a place where live animals are kept under natural conditions for study, research, etc
[C16: from Latin: enclosure where live fish or game are kept, from vīvus alive]


(vaɪˈvɛər i əm, vɪ-)

n., pl. -var•i•ums, -var•i•a (-ˈvɛər i ə)
a place, as a laboratory, where live animals or plants are kept under conditions simulating their natural environment, as for research.
[1590–1600; < Latin vīvārium=vīv(us) living (see vital) + -ārium -ary]


an enclosed environment, as a glass container, in which plants or animals are raised under conditions that approximate their natural habitat. Also vivary.
See also: Animals


 a place or enclosure where living animals, especially fish, are kept, 1600.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vivarium - an indoor enclosure for keeping and raising living animals and plants and observing them under natural conditionsvivarium - an indoor enclosure for keeping and raising living animals and plants and observing them under natural conditions
aquarium, fish tank, marine museum - a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals
enclosure - a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
terrarium - a vivarium in which selected living plants are kept and observed


[vɪˈvɛərɪəm] N (vivariums or vivaria (pl)) [vɪˈvɛərɪə]vivero m


nVivarium nt
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They're very clever and can figure out how to manipulate locks, so owners have to be careful to ensure their vivariums are secure.
Like all research laboratories, vivariums tend to be big energy consumers, largely due to ventilation requirements.
Old neighbors of Cowell's moved and discarded some old vivariums in the trash near her home.
To address this gap, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) conducted a major research study on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of 300 lab areas and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rates.
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Breeding practices adopted in vivariums should be evaluated and adapted to increase the production efficiency and the quality of the product offered to researchers.
Normally found in reptile vivariums the feeder, which resembles a rock, is filled with live crickets which then make their own way out of the top.
With more than 70 display vivariums and an 8ft hatching rack, there are lots of interesting and unusual reptiles to catch your eye.
Along with two vivariums (for large and small animal models), there are surgical and procedure spaces outfitted with the latest in surgical equipment, monitoring and imaging equipment," said Curtis Schondelmeyer, director of preclinical veterinary services.
She has also completed a number of vivariums and insectary facilities in both the private and public sectors.
She later became involved in the management of animal vivariums and was a member of AAALAS since the 1990's.
Bridge's existing facility in Beijing is the first Asian preclinical CRO with western-level attention to detail and includes one of the largest and most sophisticated animal vivariums in China.