Definition of body louse in English:

body louse


  • 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.

    • ‘People can be infested with three types of lice: body lice, head lice and crab or pubic lice.’
    • ‘When head lice are forced to live on the body (confined to cages that are attached to the forearm) they become transformed into body lice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was typhus at the camp because of the body lice.’
    • ‘The body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis) - an evolutionary offshoot of the head louse - munches on the skin but inhabits clothing.’
    • ‘Biologist Dr Harry Kenward was itching with excitement when he realised the creature on his microscope slide was the oldest body louse known to exist.’
    • ‘Although most of his subjects appear in dignified solo portraits, there's a hint of entomological prurience in the photographs of body lice and dog ticks caught in flagrante delicto.’
    • ‘The chicken body louse, Menacanthus stramineus, can decrease egg production in caged layer hens.’
    • ‘What I really said was that we have lice, so the woman began instructing me in how to get rid of body lice.’
    • ‘The conditions of trench warfare on the western front are well known, including artillery barrages, body lice, and the stench of decaying animal flesh.’
    • ‘The body louse, Pediculus humanus corporis, is a vector of epidemic typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever.’
    • ‘There he again found efficient and cost-effective methods for controlling the human body louse, the insect that carried typhus fever.’
    • ‘The most common in Nebraska are brown chicken lice and chicken body lice.’
    • ‘It certainly had the appearance of a living creature, but was too big to be a body louse.’
    • ‘They have never had body lice or intestinal parasites.’
    • ‘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 body rash was the result of multiple bites from body lice.’
    • ‘Allethrin, the first synthetic pyrethroid, was developed 50 years ago, and permethrin was used for treating body lice over 20 years ago.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the bacteria is also found in the body lice of homeless Frenchmen.’
    • ‘Ian was constantly suffering from body lice, and lost several stones.’