A family of ticks (order Acarina, suborder Ixodides), the so-called "hard" ticks, characterised by rigid body form, presence of a dorsal shield, and an anteriorly projecting capitulum. It includes the genera Ixodes, Hyalomma, Amblyomma, Boophilus, Margaropus, Dermacentor, Haemaphysalis, and Rhipicephalus, species of which transmit many important human and animal diseases and cause tick paralysis; they occasionally attack man, a few habitually so.

Origin: G. Ixodes, sticky

(05 Mar 2000)

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