from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Infestation with lice.

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  • n. infestation with head lice

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The presence of lice; lousiness; phthiriasis.

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  • n. infestation with lice (Pediculus humanus) resulting in severe itching


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin pēdiculus, diminutive of pēdis, louse; see pedicular + -osis.


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  • There are diseases of the skin due to local irritants, such as the various forms of trade eczema, scabies (itch), and pediculosis

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  • Two other "catching" diseases cause city schools a great deal of trouble, -- trachoma and pediculosis (head lice).

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  • [2] Trachoma and other contagious eye diseases, ringworm, impetigo, scabies, favus, and pediculosis; excluded only for persistent nontreatment.

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  • In preventing pediculosis and infection of the eye vigilance and cleanliness are indispensable.

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  • Once, in a Madrid café, the two of us encountered a Spanish marquis who wore celluloid cuffs, suffered from pediculosis and had been drunk for sixteen years.

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  • If the physical examination has for its only result the entering of words upon record cards, then pediculosis and tuberculosis are of precisely equal importance.

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  • In 1913-1914, the force was especially interested in the question of communicable disease and the proportion of conjunctivitis, ring worm, impetigo, scabies, and pediculosis discovered and treated was very large.

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  • Do not report submaxillary enlargement in recurrent tonsilitis or carious teeth or post-cervical enlargement in pediculosis capitis, or in impetigo or eczema of the scalp.

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  • There are also recorded instances in French literature in which persons affected with pediculosis, have, during sleep, unconsciously swallowed lice which were afterward found in the stools.

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