from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An important genus of Œstrid flies, containing one or more species (as D. noxialis) which attack human beings in tropical regions. The eggs are laid on the skin, the larva living in the connective tissue under the epidermis.

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  • n. larvae live under the skin of domestic mammals and humans


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  • According to Osler, in parts of Central America, the eggs of a bot-fly, called the dermatobia, are not infrequently deposited in the skin, and produce a swelling very like the ordinary boil.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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