[ ärgəs, -găs′ ]


A genus of ticks that includes some species that usually infest birds but that may infect humans.
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Examples from the Web for argas

  • When the spirochtes are ingested by Argas persicus, some of them pass through the gut wall into the cœlomic fluid.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
  • Gerstaecker states that the Argas Persicus is very annoying to travellers in Persia.

    Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The Argas reflexus lives on pigeons, and is allied to the Ixodes.

  • About six other species of Argas from various parts of the world, parasitic on birds and mammals.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley