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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: dez'mo'dus

Definition: A blood-feeding genus of Chiroptera, known generally as vampire bats, found in Trinidad and in Mexico, Central and South America; Desmodus artibaeus, Desmodus rotundus, and Desmodus rufus, three species present in both Trinidad and South America, are reservoir hosts of rabies virus.

[desmo- + G. odous, tooth]

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