pediculosis

noun
pe·​dic·​u·​lo·​sis | \ pi-ˌdi-kyə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce pediculosis (audio) \
plural pediculoses\ pi-​ˌdi-​kyə-​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce pediculosis (audio) \

Definition of pediculosis

: infestation with lice

Examples of pediculosis in a Sentence

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, 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pediculosis

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pediculosis

New Latin, from Latin pediculus louse, diminutive of pedis louse

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The first known use of pediculosis was in 1876

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“Pediculosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pediculosis. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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pediculosis

noun
pe·​dic·​u·​lo·​sis | \ pi-ˌdik-yə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce pediculosis (audio) \
plural pediculoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce pediculosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of pediculosis

: infestation with lice

called also lousiness

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