: of or relating to a family (Ixodidae) of ticks (such as the deer tick and American dog tick) having a hard outer shell and feeding on usually three hosts during the life cycle
ixodid noun

Word History


ultimately from Greek ixōdēs sticky, from ixos birdlime

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ixodid was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Ixodid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ixodid. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: of or relating to the family Ixodidae
ixodid ticks
ixodid noun
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