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pediculosis Line breaks: pe¦dicu|losis
Pronunciation: /pɪˌdɪkjʊˈləʊsɪs/

Definition of pediculosis in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
Infestation with lice.
Example sentences
  • Although pubic lice infestation, called pediculosis, is considered a sexually transmitted disease, it can be contracted in other ways.
  • Itching is the primary symptom of pediculosis.
  • Which of the following agents is/are considered safe, effective, and least toxic in the treatment of pediculosis?

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin pediculus 'louse' + -osis.

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