[tab-uh-nid, tuh-bey-nid, -ban-id]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Tabanidae.

Origin of tabanid

1890–95; < New Latin Tabanidae name of the family, equivalent to Taban(us) a genus (Latin tabānus gadfly) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for tabanid


  1. any stout-bodied fly of the dipterous family Tabanidae, the females of which have mouthparts specialized for sucking blood: includes the horseflies

Word Origin for tabanid

C19: from Latin tabānus horsefly
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tabanid in Medicine


[tə-bānĭd, -bănĭd]
  1. Any of various bloodsucking dipterous flies of the family Tabanidae, including the horseflies, that are involved in the transmission of several blood-borne parasites.
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