brown recluse spider

noun

Definition of brown recluse spider

: a venomous spider (Loxosceles reclusa) especially of the southern and central U.S. that has a violin-shaped mark on the cephalothorax and produces a dangerous cytotoxin which can cause necrotic lesions

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Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 Angela Wright and her fiancée, Victoria Owen, had been living in their Brentwood, Tennessee, apartment for about two months when the home became overrun by venomous brown recluse spiders. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Venomous Spider Discovers Dozens More in Her Apartment: 'We Kept Finding Handfuls'," 9 July 2018 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 Boulton claims the brown recluse spider bite was the cause, though doctors couldn't confirm that was the case. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Arkansas woman claims brown recluse spider bite led to leg amputation," 18 July 2018 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 From a black widow found in store bought broccoli to a Tennessee woman who claims her apartment is infested with dozens of brown recluse spiders, these eight-legged creatures can be found just about anywhere. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 The brown recluse spider is usually found in warm southern states. Wzzm, Detroit Free Press, "Muskegon woman hospitalized after brown recluse spider bite," 21 June 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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brown recluse spider

noun

Medical Definition of brown recluse spider

: a venomous spider of the genus Loxosceles (L. reclusa) especially of the southern and central United States that produces a dangerous cytotoxin which can cause necrotic lesions

called also brown recluse

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