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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
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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
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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].

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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.
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