a guinea pig

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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To force a small animal like a guinea pig to endure this kind of breathing difficulty for four hours is a shocking act of cruelty.
Q My kids have been begging me for a pet each for months and I have finally given in but one of them wants a guinea pig and the other wants a rabbit.
Teeth & Chattering--When a guinea pig does this while showing its teeth, it means "Stay away
Often a guinea pig can live with a cystic ovary for a number of years, however if it is causing a clinical problem, it is likely to require some form of treatment.
Her adoption fee is just $20 and comes with a free class to teach you all you need to know about being a Guinea pig guardian.
Just like larger pets, the rewards you get from a guinea pig are directly related to the time you invest in them.
My daughter has just been given a guinea pig as a present.
The compromise is that they get him a guinea pig named, of course, Fido.
Two-year-old Flash has won the world record for the fastest run by a guinea pig by conquering the 10metre red carpet track in 8.
I WOULD never have imagined it would take a guinea pig to make me marvel at the wonders of computer-generated effects.
The curandero rubs a guinea pig over the patient's body and then splits the creature down the middle to look for discoloration that is believed to indicate illness in the corresponding organ or body part of the human.
There are probably few children who don't know what a guinea pig is.
A PET owner threw a guinea pig from the window of her tower block flat because it was making a noise, a court heard.
During this time he helped to cure a guinea pig belonging to the author Michael Bond, who wrote the Olga de Polga series about the pet.
A drawing of a guinea pig is accompanied by a conversation in which someone is asked to be the subject of a test conducted UNDER PROTRACTED EXPOSURE TO AMBIGUITY.