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Pronunciation: hem-ip'ter-a

Definition: An arthropod order of the class Insecta that includes many plant lice and other true bugs; those of the subfamily Triatominae are bloodsuckers and of medical importance. The best known species is Cimex lectularius, the common bedbug.

[hemi- + G. pteron, wing]

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