Definition of Head louse

1. Noun. Infests the head and body of humans.

Exact synonyms: Pediculus Capitis
Generic synonyms: Louse, Sucking Louse
Group relationships: Genus Pediculus, Pediculus



Definition of Head louse

1. Noun. A parasitic insect, ''Pediculus humanus capitis'', which lives among the hairs on the head of a human and feeds on blood. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Head Louse

head hairs
head home
head honcho
head honchos
head house
head hunter
head hunters
head in the clouds
head injuries
head injury
head kidney
head lettuce
head line
head linesman
head louse (current term)
head man
head mans
head men
head mirror
head movements
head nurse
head of epididymis
head of femur
head of fibula
head of government
head of hair
head of household
head of humerus
head of malleus

Literary usage of Head louse

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1. The Animal Parasites of Man by Harold Benjamin Fantham, Maximilian Gustav Christian Carl Braun (1916)
"Eggs o'6 mm. in length; about fifty are deposited by a female head louse. ... The head louse lives especially in the hairy parts of the head of human beings ..."

2. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"... the head louse and clothes louse as races of the same species, and so Nuttall united them under the title Pediculus humanus, designating the head louse ..."

3. Chemical and Microscopical Diagnosis by Francis Carter Wood (1909)
"The antennae are longer than those in the head louse. The eggs are 0.7 to 0.9 mm. in length and are often deposited on clothes. Pediculus pubis (Crab louse) ..."

4. A Treatise on diseases of the skin for advanced students and practitioners by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1916)
"Both the head-louse and body-louse are grayish in color, with blackish margins. ... Ova of the head- louse attached to a hair (magnified) (after Kaposi). is ..."

5. The Ready-reference handbook of diseases of the skin by George Thomas Jackson (1896)
"... upon the side of the hair, while the scale has a hair passing through its center (Fig. 46). The nit, Ova of head-louse attached to hair. (After KAPOSI. ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Attempts have been made to prove that the head-louse (and, in a smaller degree, the body-louse) is liable to slight variation in structure, ..."

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