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Musk Deer. A genus of deer, forming the type of the sub-family Moschinae, which is essentially distinct from the family of thc Cervidae, or true deer. The typical species of the family is found chiefly in the elevated table­lands of central Asia, and particularly of Tibet. These animals attain the size of a young roe deer, and the upper jaw bears prominent canine teeth. The males alone yield the musk, which is secreted by an abdominal gland of about the size of a hen's egg. The Tibet musk is most in repute, that known as Russian or Siberian being inferior in quality. Besides its familiar use as a scent, musk is employed medicinally as an antispasmodic.