A family of the order rodentia containing 250 genera including the two genera mus and rattus, from which the laboratory inbred strains are developed. The fifteen subfamilies are hesperomyinae (new world mice and rats), cricetinae, spalacinae, myospalacinae, lophiomyinae, platacanthomyinae, nesomyinae, otomyinae, rhizomyinae, microtinae (arvicolinae), gerbillinae, dendromurinae, cricetomyinae, murinae (old world mice and rats), and hydromyinae.

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