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Piophila casei

Pronunciation: pi-of'i-la ka'se-i

Definition: The cheese fly, a species of muscoid flies the eggs of which are deposited on exposed cheese, cured meats, and other foods and are thus ingested, sometimes giving rise to temporary intestinal myiasis, with diarrhea, colicky pains, and vomiting.

[L., fr. G. pion, fat, + philos, fond; L. caseus, cheese]

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