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Ornithonyssus

Pronunciation: or-ni-thon'i-sus

Definition: A genus of bird and rodent mites; species include Ornithonyssus bacoti, the tropical rat mite, a possible vector of murine typhus and a cause of human dermatitis; Ornithonyssus bursa, the tropical fowl mite; and Ornithonyssus sylviarum, the northern fowl mite.

[G. ornis (ornith-), bird, + nyssus, to prick]

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