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Medical Term:

Haemadipsa ceylonica

Pronunciation: he'ma-dip'sa sa-lon'i-ka


A species of land leech found in Sri Lanka; it attaches itself to the skin of animals or humans. Its bite is painful, and numerous bites may cause anemia.

[G. haima, blood, + dipsa, thirst]

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