American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Infestation with lice, especially crab lice; pediculosis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The presence of lice on the body, with the irritation produced thereby and its effects; the lousy disease, formerly called morbus pediculosus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A disease (
morbus pediculous) consisting in the excessive multiplication of lice on the human body.
- Latin phthīriāsis, from Greek phtheiriāsis, from phtheiriān, to be lousy, from phtheir, louse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Schiödte, a Danish entomologist, has, it seems to us, forever settled the question as to whether the louse bites the flesh or sucks blood, and decides a point interesting to physicians, _i. e._, that the loathsome disease called phthiriasis is a nonentity.”
“Aeneas was dreadfully tossed and endangered by a storm; and perhaps for the same reason Herod, that tyrant and cruel King of Judaea, finding himself near the pangs of a horrid kind of death — for he died of a phthiriasis, devoured by vermin and lice; as before him died L. Sylla, Pherecydes the Syrian, the preceptor of”
“Pediculosis: a state of lousiness, or the abnormal condition caused by the multiplication of lice on the body: sec phthiriasis.”
““Sir,” said he, “had Wilkes's mob prevailed against government, this nation had died of phthiriasis.”
“Sir," said he, "had Wilkes's mob prevailed against government, this nation had died of _phthiriasis_.”
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