head louse

noun

Definition of head louse

: a sucking louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) that lives on the human scalp

Examples of head louse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one thing going for the head louse is its highly specialized claws, evolved to grasp human hair. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 The head louse is not known for its fortitude or athletic prowess. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 Scientifically known as pediculosis capitis, head lice aren't contracted as a result of slacking on your personal hygiene practices. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, 8 Nov. 2019 The medication for head lice, called pediculicide, should be applied according to the instructions, per the CDC. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 24 Oct. 2019 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2018 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2018 Ultimately, successfully treating head lice without a comb is next to impossible. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2017 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of head louse

1547, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2022

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“Head louse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20louse. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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head louse

noun

Medical Definition of head louse

: a sucking louse of the genus Pediculus (P. humanus capitis) that lives on the human scalp

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