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or sand fly  (sănd′flī′)
1. Any of various small biting flies of the genus Phlebotomus of tropical areas, some of which transmit diseases.


n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) any of various small mothlike dipterous flies of the genus Phlebotomus and related genera: the bloodsucking females transmit diseases including leishmaniasis: family Psychodidae
2. (Animals) any of various similar and related flies



n., pl. -flies.
1. any of several small, bloodsucking insects of the family Psychodidae that are vectors of several diseases of humans.
2. any of several other small, bloodsucking insects, as one of the family Heleidae or Simuliidae.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sandfly - any of various small dipterous flies; bloodsucking females can transmit sandfly fever and leishmaniasis
gnat - any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
genus Phlebotomus, Phlebotomus - small bloodsucking sand flies that resemble moths


[ˈsændˌflaɪ] npappataci m inv


n (pl -flies) flebótomo, tipo de jején cuya picadura puede transmitir el protozoo que causa leishmaniasis
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Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston report that the tropical sandfly, Lutzomyia longipalpis, which transmits through its bite a parasitic disease, has a component in its saliva that boosts the virulence of the parasites it injects into its mammalian victims.

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