bedbug

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bed·bug

noun \ˈbed-ˌbəg\

: a very small insect that lives in dirty beds and that bites people and sucks their blood

Full Definition of BEDBUG

:  a wingless bloodsucking hemipterous bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood

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First Known Use of BEDBUG

1708

bed·bug

noun \ˈbed-ˌbəg\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BEDBUG

: a wingless bloodsucking bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood—called also chinch

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bedbug

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bedbug (Cimex lectularius) magnified 5 —William E. Ferguson

Any member of approximately 75 species of nocturnal insects (family Cimicidae) that feed by sucking the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The reddish brown adult is broad and flat and less than 0.2 in. (4–5 mm) long. Among the most cosmopolitan of human parasites, they are found in every kind of dwelling. They digest meals slowly; adults have lived for at least a year without food. Though the bite is irritating, it is not known to transmit diseases to humans.

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