insecto-, insect-, insecti- +

(Latin: a bug; literally, "cut into," from insectum, with a notched or divided body; literally, "that which is cut up, segmented" [as the bodies of the first invertebrates to which the term was applied or appeared to be])

disinsectization, disinsection
1. The removal of insects (as from an aircraft).
2. Spraying aircraft for insects, a procedure called disinsection.
3. Freeing any area from insects.

Some countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, and the South Pacific require the spraying of aircraft passenger compartments with insecticide while passengers are present. This is done to prevent the importation of insects; such as, mosquitos.

Disinsection procedures have been determined to be safe by the World Health Organization (WHO); however, they may aggravate allergies for some passengers.

insect (s) (noun), insects (pl)
1. A type of very small, air-breathing creature with six legs, a body divided into three parts and usually two pairs of wings; or, more generally, any similar very small animal: "Ants, beetles, butterflies, and flies are all insects."
2. Any of numerous usually small arthropod animals of the class Insecta, having an adult stage characterized by three pairs of legs and a body segmented into head, thorax, and abdomen and usually having two pairs of wings. Insects include the flies, crickets, mosquitoes, beetles, butterflies, bees, and dragonflies.
A dragonfly has landed on a stem of a plant.

This is an example of an insect known as a dragonfly.

—Photographed by Wolfram Bleul.
Insect Biotechnology
Insecta, insectan
One of the classes of Arthropoda, including those that have one pair of antennae, three pairs of mouth organs, and breathe air by means of tracheae, opening by spiracles along the sides of the body. In this sense it includes the Hexapoda, or six-legged insects and the Myriapoda, with numerous legs.

Some are parasitic, others serve as intermediate hosts for parasites, including those that cause many human diseases. Some are wingless; others, such as, the Diptera, have only one pair of wings.

Respiration is by tracheoles, cuticle-lined air tubes that pass air directly to the tissues. Development in higher forms is holometabolous and passes through distinctive egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages.

insectarian, insectarianism
Anyone who feeds on insects.
insectarium (s) (noun), insectaria, insectariums (pl)
A place for keeping a collection of living insects and for breeding them for scientific studies: "The local zoo had a special insectarium for visitors to visit."
insectary (s); insectaria, insectaries (pl)
A laboratory for the study of live insects, their life histories, effects on plants, reactions to insecticides, etc.
insected
Pertaining to, having the nature of, or resembling, an insect.
insecticidal
Capable of killing insects or controlling their growth.
insecticide, insecticides
1. One who or that which kills insects, an insect-killer; specifically, a preparation used for destroying insects.
2. The killing of insects.

An insecticide is a pesticide used to kill insects in all developmental forms. They include ovicides and larvicides used against the eggs and larvae of insects. Insecticides are widely used in agriculture, people's dwellings and workplaces, and even in medicine.

insectiform
1. Resembling an insect.
2. Like an insect in shape or form.
insectifuge (s) (noun), insectifuges (pl)
A substance or preparation for driving off or repelling insects.
insectile
1. A reference to or like an insect.
2. Having the nature of insects.
3. Consisting of insects.
insectine: insect
Belonging to or characteristic of an insect.
insectiphobia, insectophobia
An abnormal fear of insects and similar arthropods, and even other "bugs"; such as, worms.

This phobic condition causes slight to severe emotional reactions, forms of anxieties, or panic attacks.

Pointing to a page about a kleptomaniac An entomological unit of words about insects.


A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, with: "insects, bugs, worms; invertebrates": aphidi-; api-; ascari-; culci-; Dung Beetle Survival; Dung Beetles Important; Eating Worms; entomo-; formic-; Guinea worms; helmintho-; Insects: Importance; isopter-; larvi-; lepidopter-; meliss-; mosquito; Mosquito, other Languages; Mosquitoes, Pt. 1; Mosquitoes, Pt. 2; myrmeco-; scarab; scoleco-; sphec-; taeni-; termit-; vermo-.