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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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, latimes.com, "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, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: Why was German shepherd limping?," 29 Jan. 2018 Cold winter temperatures are thought to be a limiting factor in brown recluse spider populations. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brown Recluse Spider Was Just Found Living In Michigan," 27 Apr. 2017 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

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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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