Pediculophobia



noun

a fear of lice, infestation by lice
Word Origin

Latin pediculus ‘louse’

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    [puh-dik-yuh-loh-sis] /pəˌdɪk yəˈloʊ sɪs/ noun, Pathology. 1. the state of being infested with lice. /pɪˌdɪkjʊˈləʊsɪs/ noun 1. (pathol) the state of being infested with lice 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 […]

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    [puh-dik-yuh-loh-sis] /pəˌdɪk yəˈloʊ sɪs/ noun, Pathology. 1. the state of being infested with lice. /pɪˌdɪkjʊˈləʊsɪs/ noun 1. (pathol) the state of being infested with lice adj. “infested with lice; pertaining to lice,” 1540s, from Latin pediculosus, from pediculus “louse” (see pediculosis). n. “lice infestation,” 1809, with -osis + pediculus, diminutive of pedis “a louse,” said […]



  • Pediculus

    pediculus pe·dic·u·lus (pə-dĭk’yə-ləs) n. pl. pe·dic·u·li (-lī’) A pedicle. Pediculus n. A genus of parasitic lice of the family Pediculidae that live in the hair and that includes species that infest the human sculp and body.

  • Pedicure

    [ped-i-kyoo r] /ˈpɛd ɪˌkyʊər/ noun 1. professional care and treatment of the feet, as removal of corns and trimming of toenails. 2. a single treatment of the feet. 3. a podiatrist. /ˈpɛdɪˌkjʊə/ noun 1. professional treatment of the feet, either by a medical expert or a cosmetician n. 1839, “one whose business is surgical care […]



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