Ornithodorosmedical dictionary

A genus of soft ticks (family Argasidae) several species of which are vectors of pathogens of various relapsing fevers. They are characterised by a capitulum hidden below the hood and by disks and mamillae of the integument that are continuous from dorsal to ventral surfaces in a variety of patterns.

Origin: G. Ornis (ornith-), bird, + doros, a leather bag

(05 Mar 2000)