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mosquito

Pronunciation: mus-ke'to, -tos

Definition: A blood-sucking dipterous insect of the family Culicidae. Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Mansonia, and Stegomyia are the genera containing most of the species involved in the transmission of parasitic and viral pathogens.

[Sp. dim. of mosca, fly, fr. L. musca, a fly]

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