head louse

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head louse

n.
A parasitic louse (Pediculus humanus subsp. capitis) that infests the human scalp and causes itching.
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LOUSE: SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; James Gathany

louse

(lows) Pediculus.

body louse

Pediculus humanus corporis.

clothes louse

See: Pediculus humanus corporis

crab louse

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

head louse

Pediculus humanus capitis. See: illustration
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