Definition of Tunga penetrans
1. Noun. Small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans.
Generic synonyms: Flea
Group relationships: Genus Tunga, Tunga
Medical Definition of Tunga penetrans
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tunga Penetrans
Literary usage of Tunga penetrans
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1. In the Shade of an Acacia Tree: Memoirs of a Health Officer in Africa, 1945-1959 by Frank L. Lambrecht (1991)
"Poignant among Winnie's recollections of her stay in Mut- ara are the number of jiggers (tunga penetrans) that found their way under her toenails and grew ..."
2. Applied Entomology; an Introductory Text-book of Insects in Their Relations by Henry Torsey Fernald (1921)
"... and which on man burrows into the skin causing considerable irritation. FIo. 354.—Chigoe (tunga penetrans L.): a, an Unfertilized female; 6, ..."