brown recluse spider


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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Recent Examples on the Web Several years ago Gotwald and his firm represented the homeowners ina lawsuit that involved an infestation of brown recluse spiders in an Anderson, Indiana, home. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Theater sues insurer for not covering coronavirus claim. Others are watching the outcome.," 28 May 2020 But a Kansas City woman was horrified to learn that, in her case, that waterlogged feeling was actually caused by a venomous brown recluse spider lodged in her ear canal. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "This woman thought she had water in her ear. Doctors pulled out a spider.," 24 Aug. 2019 True to its name, the brown recluse spiders hides out in dark corners of logs and rocks. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "She thought there was water in her ear. Turns out it was a venomous spider," 23 Aug. 2019 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause muscle pain, nausea, difficulty breathing and other symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., "She thought she had water in her ear. It was a venomous brown recluse spider.," 23 Aug. 2019 Brown recluse Similar to the black widow, brown recluse spiders also have a distinct marking. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Indiana has native animals and other species that are dangerous, such as rattlesnakes, coyotes, and brown recluse spiders. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what that giant, viral Indiana spider actually is," 7 June 2018 Uecker particularly loves to make fun of himself on the air, and a recent run-in with a brown recluse spider — one of the most venomous house spiders in the U.S. — has provided with some fodder this spring. Chuck Schilken,, "Bob Uecker is bit by a venomous spider and lives to joke about it," 21 Mar. 2018 Marcie did not have those symptoms, so it was assumed that she was bitten by a brown recluse spider. Dawn Filos,, "Medical Mystery: Why was German shepherd limping?," 29 Jan. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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brown recluse spider


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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