follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

pediculosis

[puh-dik-yuh-loh-sis] /pəˌdɪk yəˈloʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
the state of being infested with lice.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Latin pēdicul(us) louse (see pedicular) + -osis
Related forms
pediculous
[puh-dik-yuh-luh s] /pəˈdɪk yə ləs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for pediculous

pediculosis

/pɪˌdɪkjʊˈləʊsɪs/
noun
1.
(pathol) the state of being infested with lice
Derived Forms
pediculous (pɪˈdɪkjʊləs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Latin pedīculus louse; see pedicular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pediculous
adj.

"infested with lice; pertaining to lice," 1540s, from Latin pediculosus, from pediculus "louse" (see pediculosis).

pediculosis

n.

"lice infestation," 1809, with -osis + pediculus, diminutive of pedis "a louse," said in some sources to be akin to pedere "to break wind" (see petard) on notion of "foul-smelling insect" [Watkins].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
pediculous in Medicine

pediculosis pe·dic·u·lo·sis (pə-dĭk'yə-lō'sĭs)
n.
The state of being infested with lice.


pe·dic'u·lous (-ləs) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pediculosis

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pediculous

0
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pediculous