sucking louse(redirected from Pediculus humanus)
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Related to Pediculus humanus: Pediculus humanus capitis, Pediculus humanus corporis, Phthirus pubis
blood-sucking mammalian ectoparasites (order Anoplura), characterized by a narrow head with piercing and sucking mouthparts that lie in a sac concealed in the head.
Any of various lice of the suborder Anoplura that have mouthparts capable of piercing and sucking and that feed on the blood of mammals, including humans.