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Abomasum

ruminant's 'true stomach', the fourth stomach chamber


Actin

thin, protein fibres in muscle


Acute

sudden onset


Adipose tissue

meshwork of fibres, mainly filled with fat cells


Aerobic respiration

chemical process that results in the formation of energy, carbon dioxide, heat and water from the combination of oxygen and glucose


Afferent

carrying towards a centre or area


Afferent nerves

conduct an impulse towards the central nervous system


Allele

different form of a particular gene


Altricial

animal or bird that is born in a helpless state, requiring care from the parents


Alveoli

groups of alveolar sacs in the lungs where gaseous exchange occurs; the plural of alveolus



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