the state of being infested with lice.
Origin of pediculosis
1885–90;Related formspe·dic·u·lous [puh-dik-yuh-luh s] /pəˈdɪk yə ləs/, adjective
< Latin pēdicul(us
) louse (see pedicular
) + -osis
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Derived Formspediculous (pɪˈdɪkjʊləs), adjective
pathol the state of being infested with lice
Word Origin for pediculosis
C19: via New Latin from Latin pedīculus louse; see pedicular
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Word Origin and History for pediculosis
"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].
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Related formspe•dic′u•lous (-ləs) adj.
The state of being infested with lice.
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