deer tick

noun

Definition of deer tick

  1. :  an ixodid tick (Ixodes scapularis synonym I. dammini) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that transmits the bacterium causing Lyme disease —called also black-legged tick

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1982

First Known Use of deer tick

1982


DEER TICK Defined for English Language Learners

deer tick

noun

Definition of deer tick for English Language Learners

  • : a very small insect found in the eastern U.S. and in Canada that usually feeds on deer and that can give the person or animal it bites various diseases (such as Lyme disease)


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noun \ˈdi(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of deer tick

  1. :  a tick of the genus Ixodes (I. scapularis synonym I. dammini) that transmits the bacterium causing Lyme disease

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