crab louse


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Related to crab louse: fish louse, head lice, Crab Lice

crab louse

n.
A parasitic louse (Phthirus pubis) that infests the pubic region and causes severe itching. Also called pubic louse.

crab louse

Etymology: AS, crabba + lus
a species of louse, Phthirus pubis, that infests the hairs of the genital area. It is often transmitted between persons by sexual contact but can also be spread by shared bedding. Pubic lice are usually easily killed with 1% permethrin or pyrethrin shampoo. Also called crabs. Formerly called Pediculus pubis. See also lice, pediculosis.
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Crab louse

crab louse

Phthirus inguinalis and Phthirus pubis; the louse that infests the pubic region and other hairy areas of the body. See: pediculosis
See also: louse

crab louse

The human ectoparasite Pediculus pubis (Phthirus pubis ), which is usually confined to the genital area, especially in the pubic hair, and is transmitted during sexual intercourse.