Definition of body louse in English:

body louse

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noun

  • A louse which infests the human body and is especially prevalent where hygiene is poor. It is able to transmit several diseases through its bite, including typhus.
    • Pediculus humanus humanus, family Pediculidae, order Anoplura. See also head louse
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    • There he again found efficient and cost-effective methods for controlling the human body louse, the insect that carried typhus fever.
    • The human body louse, Pediculus humanus, has two ways of making a living - either dwelling on the scalp, feeding on blood, or snuggling into our clothes and come out once or twice a day to graze on our bodies.
    • The first full-scale use of DDT in a military context was in early 1944 against the body louse during the Naples typhus epidemic where it was credited with bringing the epidemic under control.

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