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Ctenocephalides

Pronunciation: te'no-se-fal'i-dez

Definition: A genus of fleas. Ctenocephalides canis (dog flea) and Ctenocephalides felis (cat flea) are nearly universal ectoparasites of household pets; will attack humans when starving if pets are absent.

[G. ktenodes, like a cockle, + kephale, head]

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