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 (kī-rŏp′tər-ən) also chi·rop·ter (-rŏp′tər)
Any of various mammals of the order Chiroptera, having forelimbs modified as wings; a bat.

[From New Latin Chīroptera, order name : chiro- + -pter.]

chi·rop′ter·an adj.
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(Animals) Also : chiropterous of, relating to, or belonging to the Chiroptera, an order of placental mammals comprising the bats
(Animals) Also called: chiropter a bat
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chiropteran - nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigatechiropteran - nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
Chiroptera, order Chiroptera - an old order dating to early Eocene: bats: suborder Megachiroptera (fruit bats); suborder Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)
fruit bat, megabat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
carnivorous bat, microbat - typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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To whit, the frequency distributions emergent from a study of chiropteran or marsupial geographical ranges in North America, north of Mexico, would be strongly affected by the exclusion of the many chiropteran and marsupial species in Mexico and Central and South America.
These studies point to a wide, and still poorly described, geographic distribution for viruses of the family Filoviridae in chiropteran hosts.
The new Texas specimens, which include rodent teeth, insectivore or chiropteran tooth fragments and fish teeth, are the first record of cricetid (Copemys) and heteromyid rodents from the Cold Spring Local Fauna.
infections among diverse chiropteran species in Kenya; 2) to isolate and identify detected Bartonella spp.
In recent decades, scientific interest in chiropteran species has markedly increased because bats are known hosts to zoonotic agents, such as henipaviruses, Ebola virus, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-like corona viruses (1,2).
In conclusion, we isolated a new virus from free-ranging vespertilionid bats, which represents the only chiropteran virus isolate besides lyssavirus (rabies) found in Europe.
Although this separation was hardly perceptible while working on the island, it added a layer of administrative difficulty in conducting a survey of the chiropteran fauna of the entire island.
The molecular epidemiology of rabies associated with chiropteran hosts in Mexico.
With the exception of MOKV, all lyssavirus gts and putative gts have been isolated exclusively or most frequently from chiropteran species.
These records contribute to a better understanding of chiropteran distributional patterns in the northern neotropics.
This dissertation investigates the taxonomy, host specificity, and ecology of New World streblid bat flies (Diptera: Streblidae) associated with Chiropteran hosts.