tropical rat mite

noun

Medical Definition of tropical rat mite

: a widely distributed mite (Ornithonyssus bacoti of the family Macronyssidae) that is primarily a parasite of rodents but sometimes bites humans causing painful itching and irritation and that has been implicated as a vector or potential vector of various diseases

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“Tropical rat mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/tropical%20rat%20mite. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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