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The order of insects that includes the bloodsucking lice of mammals, with some 450 species arranged in six families, of which four contain species of medical or veterinary importance: Haematopinus, Linognathus, and Solenopotes of domestic mammals, and the human-sucking louse Pediculus humanus.
[G. anoplos, unarmed, + oura, tail]
Anoplura(an?o-ploor'a) [Gr. anoplos, unarmed + Gr. oura, tail]
Blood-feeding ectoparasites of mammals.. They can cause localised skin irritations and are vectors of several blood-borne diseases, e.g., trench fever, epidemic typhus, epidemic relapsing fever.See: louse; pediculosis