Definition of Desmodus
1. Noun. Type genus of the Desmodontidae: vampire bats.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Desmodontidae, Family Desmodontidae
Member holonyms: Desmodus Rotundus
Medical Definition of Desmodus
1. A blood-feeding genus of Chiroptera, known generally as vampire bats, found in Trinidad, Mexico, and Central and South America; Desmodus artibaeus, Desmodus rotundus, and Desmodus rufus, three species present in Trinidad and South America, are reservoir hosts of rabies virus. Origin: desmo-+ G. Odous, tooth (05 Mar 2000)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Desmodus
Literary usage of Desmodus
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1. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1890)
"In the sitting- room gilded chairs and sofas were oddly contrasted with the VAMPIRE BAT (Desmodus ..."
2. The Scientific Memoirs of Thomas Henry Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley, Michael Foster (1901)
"IV ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE STOMACH IN Desmodus RUFUS. Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London, 1865, //. 386-390. ..."
3. Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the Collection of the British Museum by George Edward Dobson (1878)
"... the extreme reduction observed in Desmodus"^.. Not only do I quite agree with Prof. Peters in placing these genera in the family ..."
4. Proceedings by Zoological Society of London (1865)
"If the other species of Desmodus and Diphylla are like Desmodus rufus, the oesophagus is •very narrow, and the stomach has an immense cardiac ..."
5. The Families and Genera of Bats by Gerrit Smith Miller (1907)
"Desmodus, p.. Inner lower incisor with large median lobe and a minute outer and inner ... The type species is the only form of Desmodus thus far known. ..."
6. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1876)
"The bat in question is called Desmodus, and the truth as to its blood-sucking habit has been fully established by the testimony of Mr. Darwin. ..."