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Arthropods, basic features

Arthropods, basic features

Overview

Many arthropods are capable of carrying disease. This illustration shows some of the general characteristics of arthropods.

Review Date 7/9/2017

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Emeritus, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.