Definition of body louse in US English:

body louse


  • A louse of a variety that infests the human body and is particularly prevalent where hygiene is poor. It can transmit several diseases through its bite, including typhus.

    Pediculus humanus humanus, family Pediculidae, order Anoplura. See also head louse

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have never had body lice or intestinal parasites.’
    • ‘The most common in Nebraska are brown chicken lice and chicken body lice.’
    • ‘The body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis) - an evolutionary offshoot of the head louse - munches on the skin but inhabits clothing.’
    • ‘The conditions of trench warfare on the western front are well known, including artillery barrages, body lice, and the stench of decaying animal flesh.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the bacteria is also found in the body lice of homeless Frenchmen.’
    • ‘The body louse, Pediculus humanus corporis, is a vector of epidemic typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever.’
    • ‘The chicken body louse, Menacanthus stramineus, can decrease egg production in caged layer hens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It certainly had the appearance of a living creature, but was too big to be a body louse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People can be infested with three types of lice: body lice, head lice and crab or pubic lice.’
    • ‘There he again found efficient and cost-effective methods for controlling the human body louse, the insect that carried typhus fever.’
    • ‘There was typhus at the camp because of the body lice.’
    • ‘Ian was constantly suffering from body lice, and lost several stones.’
    • ‘Allethrin, the first synthetic pyrethroid, was developed 50 years ago, and permethrin was used for treating body lice over 20 years ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What I really said was that we have lice, so the woman began instructing me in how to get rid of body lice.’