Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pediculosis

[puh-dik-yuh-loh-sis]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Pathology.
  1. the state of being infested with lice.

Origin of pediculosis

1885–90; < Latin pēdicul(us) louse (see pedicular) + -osis
Related formspe·dic·u·lous [puh-dik-yuh-luh s] /pəˈdɪk yə ləs/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pediculosis

Historical Examples

  • Is there any difficulty in the diagnosis of pediculosis capitis?

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Lice infestation and its effects are known medically as pediculosis.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Pediculosis: a state of lousiness, or the abnormal condition caused by the multiplication of lice on the body: sec phthiriasis.

  • Pediculosis pubis is a condition due to the presence of the pediculus pubis, or crab-louse.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • The possibility of the pediculosis being secondary to eczema must not be forgotten.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon


British Dictionary definitions for pediculosis

pediculosis

noun
  1. pathol the state of being infested with lice
Derived Formspediculous (pɪˈdɪkjʊləs), adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Latin pedīculus louse; see pedicular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pediculosis

n.

"lice infestation," 1809, with -osis + pediculus, diminutive of pedis "a louse," said in some sources to be akin to pedere "to break wind" (see petard) on notion of "foul-smelling insect" [Watkins].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pediculosis in Medicine

pediculosis

(pə-dĭk′yə-lōsĭs)
n.
  1. The state of being infested with lice.
Related formspe•dicu•lous (-ləs) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.