centipede bite

centipede bite

[sen′təpēd]
Etymology: L, centum, hundred, pes, foot
a wound produced by the poison claws and the first body segment of a centipede, an elongate arthropod with many pairs of legs. The bite of a few species, including Scolopendra morsitans in the southern United States, may cause painful local inflammation, fever, headache, vomiting, and dizziness.
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She was worried she had a muscle injury - and very relieved when it turned out to be a centipede bite.
Fortunately, I decided to call in at the reptile shop on my way home and it was only then that the owner Mark Devlin told me that people with weak hearts can die from centipede bites.
Although they are not a great threat to human health, there are incidences where centipede bites have caused medical consequences, but mostly in tropical foreign countries.