1. SYN: pedicle (1). [L. pedicle] 2. A louse. See P.. [L.]
- p. arcus vertebrae [TA] SYN: pedicle of arch of vertebra.

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pe·dic·u·lus pi-'dik-yə-ləs n
1) cap the type genus of the family Pediculidae that includes the body louse (P. humanus corporis) and head louse (P. humanus capitis) infesting humans
2) pl pe·dic·u·li -.lī or pediculus any louse of the genus Pediculus

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a widely distributed genus of lice. There are two varieties of the species affecting humans: P. humanus capitis, the head louse; and P. humanus corporis, the body louse. The presence of these parasites can irritate the skin (see pediculosis), and in some parts of the world body lice are involved in transmitting relapsing fever and typhus.

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Pe·dic·u·lus (pə-dikґu-ləs) a genus of sucking lice (order Anoplura), of the family Pediculidae.

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  • PEDICULUS — Paul. l. 32. ff. de auro arg. est, dequo signa sustinentur, basis, sed tenuis: Et sic plerumque Pediculi Columellae dicuntur, quibus arborum rami baccis onusti sustin entur, quasi parvi pedes Hotomano. Pediculis argenteis adiuncta sigilla aenea,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Pediculus — Pe*dic u*lus, n.; pl. {Pediculi}. [L., a louse.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of wingless parasitic Hemiptera, including the common lice of man. See {Louse}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pedicŭlus — (lat.), 1) Laus. P. apis, so v.w. Bienenlaus 2). P. haemoiopŏdis, so v.w. Austerndieblaus, s.u. Austerndieb; 2) so v.w. Pedicellus …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Pedicŭlus — Pedicŭlus, Laus; Pediculidae (Läuse), Familie aus der Ordnung der Halbflügler, s. Läuse …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Pediculus — Pedicŭlus (lat.), s. Läuse; Pediculōsis, s. Läusekrankheit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Pediculus — Pediculus, lat., Laus …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Pediculus — noun type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans • Syn: ↑genus Pediculus • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Pediculidae, ↑family Pediculidae • Member Meronyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pediculus — A genus of parasitic lice (family Pediculidae) that live in the hair and feeds periodically on blood. Important species include P. humanus, the species of louse infecting humans; P. humanus var. capitis, the head louse of humans; P. humanus var.… …   Medical dictionary

  • Pediculus — Pedi̱culus1 [aus lat. pediculus = kleine Laus] m ; , Laus, Gattung der Menschenläuse, flügellose, 1 3 mm lange, auf Menschen und Menschenaffen schmarotzende, blutsaugende Insekten (Überträger von Krankheiten). Pedi̱culus huma̱nus ca̱pitis… …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • pediculus — noun A louse (of the family Pediculidae) …   Wiktionary

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