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Medical Term:

Siphonaptera

Pronunciation: sī′fō-nap′tĕ-ră

Definition: The fleas, an order of wingless insect ectoparasites highly adapted for survival in mammalian fur; they are flattened laterally, spined, and equipped with well-developed metathoracic legs for jumping.

[G. siphōn, tube, + G. a- priv. + pteron, wing]

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