- A genus of pupiparous louse flies (family Hippoboscidae) related to the tsetse flies; they are ectoparasites on birds and mammals. [G. hippos, horse, + boskein, to feed]
* * *Hip·po·bos·ca .hip-ō-'bäs-kə n the type genus of the family Hippoboscidae
* * *Hip·po·bos·ca (hip″o-bosґkə) [hippo- + Gr. boskein to feed] the typical genus of the family Hippoboscidae; the winged tick flies. They are pupiparous, dipterous, and parasitic to various mammals. H. ruґfipes is a South American species whose bite transmits Trypanosoma theileri.
Medical dictionary. 2011.