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Any of various ticks of the genus Dermacentor that occur in wooded areas, infest mammals, and transmit the microorganisms that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia in humans.
Etymology: AS, wudu + ME, tike
a hardshelled tick of the Ixodidae family and a natural reservoir of Rickettsia rickettsii. One species of wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, is the principal vector in western North America of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, transmitted by R. rickettsii.
Any of numerous bloodsucking arthropods of the order Acarida and superfamily Ixodoidea. Ticks transmit many diseases to humans and animals. See: Argasidae; Ixodidae
wood tickDermacentor andersoni.