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Pronunciation: sku'tum, -ta

Definition: In ixodid (hard) ticks, a plate that largely or entirely covers the dorsum of the male and forms an anterior shield behind the capitulum of the female or immature ticks.

Synonym(s): scute

[L. shield]

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