lepidopterism

lepidopterism
lep·i·dop·ter·ism (lep″ĭ-dopґtər-iz-əm) disease caused by exposure to moths or butterflies (order Lepidoptera), such as caterpillar dermatitis or allergic reactions from inhaling their hairs.

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  • Lepidopterism — is an irritant contact dermatitis caused by irritating caterpillar or moth hairs coming into contact with the skin or mucosa.[1][2] When referring to the cause, moth dermatitis and caterpillar dermatitis are commonly used; Caripito itch (known as …   Wikipedia

  • lepidopterism — adj. [Gr. lepis, scale; pteron, wing; ismos, denoting condition] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Any pathological condition caused by the Lepidoptera; see erucism, paraerucism, cryptotoxic, phanerotoxic, metaerucism, pseudoerucism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Caterpillar — Caterpillars are the larval form of a member of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). They are mostly phytophagous in food habit, with some species being entomophagous. Caterpillars are voracious feeders and… …   Wikipedia

  • Oak Processionary — caterpillars in a nest on an oak tree trunk Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • cryptotoxic — adj. [Gr. kryptos, hidden; toxikon, poison] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Pertaining to caterpillars that use volatile secretions that are released through an emission tube; see erucism, paraerucism, phanerotoxic, lepidopterism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • erucism — n. [L. eruca, caterpillar; ismus, denoting condition] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Poisoning or rash caused by caterpillars or pupae; see lepidopterism, paraerucism, metaerucism, cryptotoxic, phanerotoxic …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • metaerucism — n. [Gr. meta, after; L. eruca, caterpillar] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Poisoning by larval setae on cocoons, etc; see lepidopterism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • paraerucism — n. [Gr. para, beside; L. eruca, caterpillar] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Poisoning by hairless caterpillars with secretions by specialized glands; see lepidopterism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • phanerotoxic — adj. [Gr. phaneros, visible; toxikos, poison] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Erucism caused by toxic setae of lepidopterous caterpillars; see lepidopterism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pseudoerucism — n. [Gr. pseudos, false; L. eruca, caterpillar] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Erucism caused by toxic setae in the adult female; see lepidopterism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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