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argasid

[ahr-guh-sid]
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noun
  1. any of the numerous ticks of the family Argasidae, comprising the soft ticks.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Argasidae.
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Origin of argasid

< New Latin Argasidae name of the family, equivalent to Argas a genus, perhaps irregular < Greek argós not working, idle (see argon) + -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for argasid

Historical Examples

  • In habits and life history the Argasid present striking characteristics.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Of the Argasid, we have in the United States, several species which have been reported as attacking man.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • In habits and life history the typical Ixodid differ greatly from the Argasid.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • As mere parasites of man, apart from their power to transmit disease, the Ixodid are much less important than the Argasid.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Like others of the Argasid, it resembles the bed-bug in its habit of feeding primarily at night.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley


argasid in Medicine

argasid

(är-găsĭd)
n.
  1. A member of Argasidae.
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