deer tick


Definition of deer tick

: 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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Examples of deer tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Mayo Clinic, Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected, black-legged deer tick. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 There are two genetically distinct lineages recognized, POWV (lineage I) and deer tick virus (lineage II). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 23 May 2022 The virus usually is spread through the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick, the same parasite that transmits Lyme disease. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 However, the lone star tick has a different shape than the dog tick and is much larger than the deer tick. Kevin Ambrose, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 While most insect bites are harmless, a prolonged encounter with a black-legged tick (deer tick) or an American dog tick could result in Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease. Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2021 As the climate is changing, a new kind of tick, known as the Lone Star tick, has also spread into New England, said Larry Dapsis, deer tick project coordinator and entomologist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Globe Staff,, 22 Mar. 2022 In the Northeast, the deer tick is best known as the carrier of Lyme disease. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Of the arachnids picked off skin and clothing and sent to the Experiment Station this year, 72.8% were deer tick, 23.1% American dog tick, and most of the rest were lone star ticks. Jesse Leavenworth,, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deer tick

1982, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2022

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Medical Definition of deer tick

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


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