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a morbid condition resulting from the bite of the spiders Loxosceles reclusa and L. laeta, beginning with a painful inflamed vesicle and progressing to a gangrenous slough of skin that can be fatal. It is more common with the South American spider than with the North American one. See also spider bite.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A clinical illness produced by the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusus, of North America; characterized by gangrenous slough at the site of the bite, nausea, malaise, fever, hemolysis, and thrombocytopenia.
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Illness produced by the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusus; characterized by gangrenous slough at the site of the bite, nausea, malaise, fever, hemolysis, and thrombocytopenia.
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