head louse

noun

Definition of head louse

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientifically known as pediculosis capitis, head lice aren't contracted as a result of slacking on your personal hygiene practices. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Head Lice, According to Dermatologists," 8 Nov. 2019 The medication for head lice, called pediculicide, should be applied according to the instructions, per the CDC. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, "What Does Lice Look Like? These 3 Photos Show Head, Pubic, and Body Lice," 24 Oct. 2019 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Lice (and Even Super Lice) for Good," 9 May 2018 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Lice (and Even Super Lice) for Good," 9 May 2018 Ultimately, successfully treating head lice without a comb is next to impossible. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Lice (and Even Super Lice) for Good," 9 May 2018 Despite decades of medical advances, head lice keep hanging on. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Nitpicking or infringement? Companies in patent fight over head lice treatment.," 22 June 2018 Transmission of head lice via secondary objects is possible, but unlikely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Lice (and Even Super Lice) for Good," 9 May 2018

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1547, in the meaning defined above

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“Head louse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20louse. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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