lone star tick

noun

: an ixodid tick (Amblyomma americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern U.S. that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

Examples of lone star tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unsurprisingly, the cases clustered in areas where the lone star tick is known to be established—though other ticks and potentially chiggers have also been linked to AGS. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 July 2023 Park is currently examining what happens when lone star ticks feed. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2023 That does not mean that lone star ticks are the only ones that can lead to developing AGS—other ticks have not been excluded as potential culprits.3 AGS can affect people of all ages, though AGS cases occur more often in adults. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 21 Apr. 2023 The bite of the lone star tick, found in the U.S. South, Midwest and mid-Atlantic, can trigger bizarre and sometimes dangerous allergies to red meat (such as beef, pork and venison), dairy, gelatin and some medications. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 7 Aug. 2023 Park is currently collecting lone star ticks from around their range to find out how regions, climate or other factors may impact the rate of AGS transmission. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2023 Available in 2-ounce and 4-ounce spray bottles, this repellent advertises up to four hours of protection from deer ticks and up to eight hours for lone star ticks and brown dog ticks. Steven Rowe, Health, 28 Aug. 2023 The condition is most strongly tied to bites from lone star ticks. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2023 The reaction begins with the bite of a lone star tick. Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lone star tick was in 1896

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“Lone star tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20star%20tick. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

lone star tick

noun
: an ixodid tick of the genus Amblyomma (A. americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern United States that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

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