Lat·​ro·​dec·​tus -ˈdek-təs How to pronounce Latrodectus (audio)
: a genus of nearly cosmopolitan spiders of the family Theridiidae that includes most of the well-known venomous spiders (as the black widow, L. mactans), that are of medium size and dark or black in color and often marked with red, and that have a large globular usually glossy abdomen and long and wiry legs

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“Latrodectus.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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