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Ixodes, genus Ixodes(noun)
type genus of the family Ixodidae
a genus of parasitic Acarina, which includes various species of ticks. See Tick, the insect
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. like birdlime; birdlime + e'i^dos form.]
Ixodes is a genus of hard-bodied ticks. It includes important disease vectors of animals and humans, and some species inject toxins that can cause paralysis. Some ticks in this genus may transmit the pathogenic bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi responsible for causing Lyme disease. Additional organisms that may be transmitted by Ixodes are parasites from the genus Babesia which cause babesiosis, and bacteria from the related genera Ehrlichia which cause ehrlichiosis and Anaplasma which cause anaplasmosis.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The largest genus of TICKS in the family IXODIDAE, containing over 200 species. Many infest humans and other mammals and several are vectors of diseases such as LYME DISEASE, tick-borne encephalitis (ENCEPHALITIS, TICK-BORNE), and KYASANUR FOREST DISEASE.
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