black-legged tick

\ ˈblak-ˈlegd- How to pronounce black-legged tick (audio) , -ˈlāgd-; -ˈle-gəd-, -ˈlā- \

Definition of black-legged tick

: either of two ixodid ticks:
a : deer tick
b : a tick (Ixodes pacificus) of the western U.S. and British Columbia that is the vector of several diseases (such as Lyme disease)

Examples of black-legged tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ideally, the tick should be positively identified as Ixodes scapularis (or I. pacificus on the western coast of North America), the black-legged tick that transmits Lyme disease. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 15 July 2021 The Western black-legged tick, California’s equivalent of the Eastern deer tick that also spreads Lyme disease, is not new to the brush and scrub habitat that hugs the water. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 The lone star tick -- identified by a white dot on adult females -- is also known for being more aggressive than the black-legged tick. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 19 June 2021 And in January, a study showed that along the West Coast, the Western black-legged tick is likely to expand its range as the population grows and the climate changes. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 But those who hike to the beach, passing through woodlands, grass or coastal chaparral, could encounter ticks, including the Western black-legged tick, which can spread Lyme disease. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 Squirrels transmit the bacteria to the Western black-legged tick when the ticks bite them. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 Lyme disease is transmitted through black-legged tick bites and causes a range of symptoms from mild to debilitating. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The model predicts seven Illinois counties could be invaded by the black-legged tick this year, namely Kane, Whiteside, Adams, Pike, Scott, Calhoun, and Moultrie. Scot Bertram, Washington Examiner, 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of black-legged tick

1944, in the meaning defined above

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black-legged tick

\ ˈblak-ˈlegd-, -ˈlāgd-; -ˈleg-əd-, -ˈlā-gəd- How to pronounce black-legged tick (audio) \

Medical Definition of black-legged tick

: either of two ixodid ticks:
a : deer tick


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