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guinea pig

Someone or something used as the subject of an experiment. Jane used her husband as a guinea pig to try her new baked chicken recipe. Craig earned a little extra money by signing up to be a guinea pig in some local clinical studies.
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a guinea pig

COMMON If someone is used as a guinea pig, new ideas, methods, or medical treatments are tested on them. The new technology should allow us to study genetic disease without having to use humans as guinea pigs. This is the first time I've cooked this dish so you are my guinea pigs.
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a ˈguinea pig

a person used in medical or other experiments: Students in fifty schools are to act as guinea pigs for these new teaching methods.
A guinea pig is a small animal with short ears and no tail, often kept as a pet or used for laboratory research.
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Now tests on guinea pigs in 2018 and 2017 have been detailed in the American Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The non-profit organization Portland Guinea Pig Rescue in Oregon, USA, had such a problem.
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I joined The Guinea Pig Club after my Stirling aircraft was shot down in a raid over Germany.
Support Adoption for Pets has been kind enough to help us out and over the next few weeks many of the guinea pigs will be moved to other stores.
But Layla has been fielding calls from people who can no longer look after their guinea pigs since the start of the year, and the rescue centre's waiting list is getting longer and longer.
Andrew Grimes, also seven, who read the guinea pigs Run in the Rainforest said: "It makes me read more and it makes reading fun.
Some guinea pigs may develop a vitamin C deficiency even when they have enough of the vitamin in their diet.
A JAIL'S pet guinea pig named after killer Reggie Kray was rushed to a vet in a prison car after getting an ear infection.
The university has a little more than a dozen male and female guinea pigs inside a huge cage outdoors.
A PREGNANT guinea pig was abandoned in a garden and was taken in by a charity in the nick of time before giving birth.
Guinea pigs are available from good quality pet shops and garden centres.
There are more than a million people living in the city of Prague whom I'd just as soon not name here," The Guinea Pigs begins.
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