guinea pig

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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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In one experiment, male guinea pigs were encased in a perspex chamber where they breathed in the substances.
The Portland Guinea Pig Rescue generally take in large numbers of unnamed guinea pigs from hoarding cases.
Chut / Chubble--When guinea pigs are at their happiest, they make a perky, bubbly chut, chut, chut, sound.
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.
Mrs Linday-Coulson tells children when the guinea pigs squeak, they are doing it because they are pleased a child has read a word correctly.
Administration of multivitamin tablets is not recommended as many guinea pigs develop allergic reactions to some of the other minerals in the tablets.
These guinea pigs have been living it up at the prison for some time.
Two unrelated male guinea pigs named Ross and Sparky were abandoned and also need homes.
Feed your guinea pig on a commercial food specifically designed for guinea pigs.
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.
Washington, March 26 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have found out that guinea pigs have not 'dumbed down' due to domestication.
However, it hasn't just taken one guinea pig, but a whole superspy team of them.
This guinea pig adventure is a fun-packed, nicely exciting romp - and even more fun in 3D.