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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: si-kod'i-de


A family of small flies or gnats characterized by hairy mothlike body and the presence of 7–11 long parallel wing veins lacking cross-veins; includes the sandflies, Phlebotomus and Lutzomyia, vectors of all known forms of leishmaniasis.

[G. Psyche, a Greek nymph, sometimes represented as a butterfly]

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