head louse

noun

Definition of head louse

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

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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 Mutations that confer protection to head lice have spread to high frequency. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Revenge of the Super Lice," 1 June 2017 But whereas body lice can spread diseases, including epidemic typhus, trench fever and even the plague, head lice have never been blamed for any such outbreak. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Revenge of the Super Lice," 1 June 2017

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1547, in the meaning defined above

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head louse

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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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