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a family of ticks (superfamily Ixodoidea); the hard ticks.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A family of ticks (order Acarina, suborder Ixodidea), the so-called hard ticks, characterized 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 humans, a few habitually so.
[G. ixōdēs, sticky]
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A family of ticks, the so-called hard ticks, genera of which transmit many important human and animal diseases and cause tick paralysis.
[G. ixōdēs, sticky]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


A family of ticks, some of which are capable of taking considerable quantities of blood and causing bite infections. Other can transmit diseases such as the allergic tick-bite fever, tick paralysis, tick-borne typhus, Q FEVER and TULARAEMIA.
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Patient discussion about Ixodidae

Q. How do people get ticks?

A. when i stayed in the Peruvian jungle for 3 weeks - ticks were the most common parisite we encountered. we finished every day with a set of pincers and a flashlight :) they just stand on the plants waiting for something to pass near. be that a man, a monkey or an ant eater. they don't care, as long as they have blood. the same in cities, they just wait in strategic points until you'll pass along and they'll just jump on you. be sure to use pincers to plunk them, catch their sucking tube and plunk. if not they might leave it in your body and it'll get infected.

Q. I had a tick to bite me a few days ago now I have a headache on and off and feel nauseous and diarrhea My friend had a stomach virus last week is my symptoms coming from the tick or is it a coincidence

A. It sounds like the tick bite is just a coincidence. You probably caught a virus, not necessarily from your friend who was sick, but that's also a possibility. However, if the bad feeling doesn't go away, or your suddenly experience fever spikes, you should see a doctor, because you might have a bacterial infection that will need antibiotics.

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Reported distribution of Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus (Acari: Ixodidae) in the United States.
Pictorial key to the adults of hard ticks, family Ixodidae (Ixodida: Ixodidea), east of the Mississippi river.
Female Ixodes ricinus (Acari, Ixodidae) in cattle of western France: Infestation level and seasonality.
Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius, 1787) (Acari: Ixodidae), the Cayenne tick: phylogeography and evidence for allopatric speciation.
Seasonal dynamics of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Acari: Ixodidae) in dogs from a police unit in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.
All ticks were identified as Ixodidae (hard ticks) based on: 1) mouthparts projecting anteriorly and thus being visible with the specimen held in dorsal view; and 2) the presence of a scutum, a tough sclerotised plate on the dorsal body surface, limited to the anterior ~1/3 of the dorsal region in both larvae and nymphs (Walker et al.