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[kyoo-leks] /ˈkyu lɛks/
noun, plural culices
[kyoo-luh-seez] /ˈkyu ləˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
any of numerous mosquitoes constituting the widespread genus Culex, distinguished by the habit in the adult of holding the body parallel to the feeding or resting surface, as the common house mosquito, C. pipiens.
Compare anopheles.
Origin of culex
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: gnat, midge
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[kyoo-luh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈkyu ləˌsaɪn, -sɪn/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)
any mosquito of the genus Culex, such as C. pipiens, the common mosquito
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: midge, gnat; related to Old Irish cuil gnat
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culex in Medicine

Culex Cu·lex (kyōō'lěks')
A genus of mosquitoes that act as vectors for many diseases of humans and domestic and wild animals.

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