noun Pathology.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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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pediculosis in Medicine




The state of being infested with lice.
Related formspe•dicu•lous (-ləs) adj.
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