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any of various two-winged flies, especially those of the genus Phlebotomus, which are important vectors in the transmission of leishmaniasis and phlebotomus fever.
sandfly fever phlebotomus fever.
A small, biting, dipterous midge of the genus Phlebotomus or Lutzomyia; a vector of leishmaniasis.
sandfly/sand·fly/ (sand´fli) any of various two-winged flies, especially of the genus Phlebotomus.
1. Any of various small biting flies of the genus Phlebotomus of tropical areas, some of which transmit diseases.
2. See biting midge.
Phlebotomus spp. Culicoides, Simulium and Austrosimulium spp. are also called sandflies in some countries. Called also owl midges.