n. [Gr. para, beside; L. eruca, caterpillar]
Poisoning by hairless caterpillars with secretions by specialized glands; see lepidopterism.

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  • 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

  • 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

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