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any of various small winged insects, many of which are blood-sucking and important vectors of disease. The most important genera are Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex, which are responsible for the transmission of yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and other diseases.


, pl.


(mŭs-kē'tō, -tōs),
A blood-sucking dipterous insect of the family Culicidae. Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Mansonia, and Stegomyia are the genera containing most of the species involved in the transmission of parasitic and viral pathogens.
[Sp. dim. of mosca, fly, fr. L. musca, a fly]


/mos·qui·to/ (mos-ke´to) [Sp.] a bloodsucking and venomous insect of the family Culicidae, including the genera Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, and Mansonia.


n. pl. mosqui·toes or mosqui·tos
Any of numerous slender two-winged insects of the family Culicidae, having aquatic larvae and in the adult female a long proboscis, used in most species for sucking blood. Some species of mosquitoes transmit the pathogens that cause certain diseases, notably malaria, yellow fever, and dengue. Also called regionally skeeter. tater


Medical entomology An arthropod of the dipteran family Culicidae, the ♀ of which is a bloodsucker; eggs are laid on water–insecticides are sprayed on stagnant water for mosquito control–where larvae feed on debris or occasionally other living organisms Mosquito genera of medical importance Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Stegomyia, vectors for blood-borne parasites–eg, Brugia malayi, Wuchereria bancrofti, Plasmodium spp, Trypanosoma spp, and viruses–eg, alphaviridae, flaviviridae, togaviridae, that cause California, eastern equine, Venezuelan and western equine encephalitides, O'nyong-nyong, dengue fever, Rift valley fever, yellow fever Surgery Mosquito forceps A small hemostatic forceps. See Forceps.


, pl. mosquitoes (mŏs-kē'tō, -tōz)
A blood-sucking dipterous insect of the family Culicidae. Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Mansonia, and Stegomyia are genera containing most species involved in the transmission of protozoan and other disease-producing parasites.
[Sp. dim. of mosca, fly, fr. L. musca, a fly]


a DIPTERAN fly that acts as a vector of numerous tropical diseases, such as MALARIA and YELLOW FEVER.


blood-sucking insect of the genera Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Taeniorhynchus (Mansonia) and Psorophora. Some species are concerned with the transmission of diseases, such as equine encephalomyelitis, filarial nematodes, avian malaria and Rift Valley fever.

mosquito-bite dermatitis
pruritic papules and plaques develop on the face of cats with hypersensitivity reactions to mosquito bites.
mosquito forceps
see halsted mosquito forceps.

Patient discussion about mosquito

Q. does mosquito bites considered as an edema a bet with a friend- please help solve an issue an help me win a new I pod :)

A. (don't take the mini i-pod, it sucks). it's true-the mosquito has a number of proteins and materials in his saliva that works as anticoagulants and vasodilators (blood vessel broadening). these causes the bite area to start an immune reaction and one of the consequences is an edema-"an increase of interstitial fluid in any organ", that means fluids are exiting blood system. in this case- not too much...

Q. What is this mosquito bite that became a rash?? I was bitten by a mosquito a few hours ago and the bite turned in to a red rash that spreaded all over my body. It's already starting to disappear but I would really like to know what was it! If you have any ideas...please share with me...

A. What you describe may be urticaria (hives). It's a kind of allergic reaction to many stimuli, including drugs, infections, foods etc, and in your case-insect bite. The rash is red-pink and elevated above the normal skin level, and lesions come and go in a matter of hours, an eventually disappears. There may also be a feeling of itching.

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Q. what can happen to me if a mosquito bite me? is it not safe to my health? are there side effects?

A. Mosquitos, in some areas carry Nile disease. Remeber to wear repellent with deet.

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