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Related to kissing bugs: Chagas disease
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1. A colloquial term for any small insect or arthropod, esp. of the order Hemiptera, that has sucking mouth parts, incomplete metamorphosis, and two pairs of wings, the fore pair being half membranous. See: bedbug; chigger
2. A colloquial term for a disease-causing germ or microorganism.
Any member of the family Reduviidae. Many are predaceous; others are bloodsucking. Panstrongylus, Triatoma, and Rhodnius are vectors of Chagas disease.See: conenose; trypanosomiasis
cone-nose bug, cone-nosed bugConenose.
croton bugGerman cockroach.
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kissing bugThe reduviid bug that transmits CHAGAS' DISEASE. It is so called because its nocturnal bite is barely felt.
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