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Cimex lectularius

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Cimex lectularius

member of the family Cimicidae, with a flat, reddish-brown wingless body, prominent lateral eyes, and a three-jointed beak; it produces a characteristic pungent odour from thoracic stink glands and is an abundant pest in human abodes, especially in the tropics under poor sanitary conditions. Although the bedbugs bite produces characteristic linear groups of pruritic wheals with a central haemorrhagic punctum, human disease has not been proved to be transmitted by it, with the possible exception of hepatitis b.

Synonym: bedbug.

Origin: L. Cimex, bug, L. Lectulus, a bed