A genus of bedbugs of the family Cimicidae in the order Hemiptera, with flat, reddish-brown, wingless bodies, prominent lateral eyes, a three-jointed beak, and a characteristic odor from thoracic stink glands; an abundant pest in human abodes. Although its bite produces characteristic linear groups of pruritic wheals with a central hemorrhagic punctum, the bedbug is not a proven vecter of human disease, with the possible exception of hepatitis B. [L. c., bug, L. lectulus, a bed]
- C. hemipterus a bedbug frequently found in the tropics.
- C. lectularius the common bedbug.

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ci·mex 'sī-.meks n
1) pl ci·mi·ces 'sī-mə-.sēz, 'sim-ə- BEDBUG
2) cap the type genus of the family Cimicidae comprising the common bedbug and a few related insects

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Ci·mex (siґməks) [L. “bug”] the bedbugs, a genus of bloodsucking insects of the family Cimicidae that often infest humans.

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  • cimex — [simɛks] n. m. ÉTYM. D. i. (XXe ?); lat. cimex, icis. ❖ ♦ Zool. Punaise. ❖ DÉR. Cimicaire …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cimex — [sī′meks΄] n. pl. cimices [sim′i sēz΄] [ModL < L, a bug < IE base * k̑i , dark gray > Russ sinij, dark blue] any of a genus (Cimex) of broad, flat, nearly wingless, bloodsucking, hemipterous bugs, including the common bedbug …   English World dictionary

  • Cimex — Ci mex, n.; pl. {Cimices}. [L., a bug.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of hemipterous insects of which the bedbug is the best known example. See {Bedbug}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cimex — (lat.), Wanze, 1) C. L., so v. w. Acanthia. Fabr.; 2) C. Fabr., so v. w. Pentatoma Latr., Wanzengattung mit wehrlosen Beinen, nicht gekieltem Brustbeine, ziemlich kleinem Kopfe; vgl. Wanzen u. Erdwanzen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cimex — Cimex, die Wanze …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • cimex — /suy meks/, n., pl. cimices /sim euh seez /. a bedbug of the genus Cimex. [1575 85; < NL, L cimex bedbug] * * * …   Universalium

  • cimex — ci•mex [[t]ˈsaɪ mɛks[/t]] n. pl. cim•i•ces [[t]ˈsɪm əˌsiz[/t]] ent any bedbug of the genus Cimex[/ex] • Etymology: 1575–85; < NL, L cīmex bedbug …   From formal English to slang

  • Cimex — noun type genus of the Cimicidae: bedbugs • Syn: ↑genus Cimex • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Cimicidae, ↑family Cimicidae • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cimex — noun Any member of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug. Some of these cimices are extremely pretty, but if handled emit their disagreeable perfume. I have met with about a dozen species of these bugs …   Wiktionary

  • Cimex — Ci̱mex [aus lat. cimex, Gen.: cimicis = Wanze] m; , (Arten:) Ci̱mices: Gattung der Wanzen. Ci̱mex hemi̱|pterus: Bettwanzenart der heißen Zonen. Ci̱mex lectula̱rius: Bettwanzenart der gemäßigten Zonen …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • cimex — /ˈsaɪmɛks/ (say suymeks) noun (plural cimices /ˈsaɪməsiz/ (say suymuhseez)) an insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bed bug …  

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