wood tick


Definition of wood tick

: any of several ixodid ticks: such as
a : a widely distributed tick (Dermacentor andersonii) of western North America that is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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Lyric Bartholomay, professor in UW-Madison’s Departments of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Entomology, said that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by dog ticks, also called wood ticks, that have long been ubiquitous across the state. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't panic over first Rocky Mountain spotted fever death in Wisconsin, but be careful," 12 July 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of wood tick

: any of several ixodid ticks: as

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