lab rat

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A student or employee who spends a great deal of time working in a laboratory.

As a graduate student, she loved being a “lab rat,” Dr. Blackburn said, adding, “I was just really focused on the science, the science, the science.”

Additional definitions for 'lab rat':

lab ratA person or group used as the subject of an experiment or test, especially unwillingly or unwittingly.
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