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a genus of lice.
Pediculus huma´nus a species that feeds on human blood and is an important vector of relapsing fever, typhus, and trench fever; two subspecies are recognized: P. humanus var. capitis (head louse) found on the scalp hair, and P. humanus var. corporis (body, or clothes, louse) found elsewhere on the body.
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A genus of parasitic lice (family Pediculidae) that live in the hair and feed periodically on blood. Important species include Pediculus humanus, the species of louse infecting humans; Pediculus humanus var. capitis, the head louse of humans; Pediculus humanus var. corporis (also called Pediculus vestimenti or Pediculus corporis), the body louse or clothes louse, which lives and lays eggs (nits) in clothing and feeds on the human body; and Pediculus pubis.
pe·dic·u·li(pĕ-dik'yū-lŭs, -lī), [TA]
1. Synonym(s): pedicle (1)
2. A louse.
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A genus of parasitic lice found in the hair feeding periodically on blood. Important species include P. humanus var. capitis, the human head louse; P. humanus var. corporis (also called P. corporis), the body louse or clothes louse, which lives and lays eggs (nits) in clothing and feeds on the human body; and P. pubis.
pe·dic·u·lus, pl. pediculi (pĕ-dik'yū-lŭs, -lī) [TA]
1. Synonym(s): pedicle (1) .
2. A louse.
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