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Medical Term:

Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus

Pronunciation: der'ma-tof-a-goy'dez ter-o-ni-si'nus

Definition: A common species of cosmopolitan mites found in house dust and a common contributory cause of atopic asthma.

[dermato- + G. phago, to eat; ptero- + G. nysso, to prick, stab]

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