- the state of being infested with lice.
- pathol the state of being infested with lice
adj.“infested with lice; pertaining to lice,” 1540s, from Latin pediculosus, from pediculus “louse” (see pediculosis). n.“lice infestation,” 1809, with -osis + pediculus, diminutive of pedis “a louse,” said in some sources to be akin to pedere “to break wind” (see petard) on notion of “foul-smelling insect” [Watkins]. n.
- The state of being infested with lice.