body louse

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body louse

A parasitic louse (Pediculus humanus subsp. humanus) that infests the clothes and body of humans and can transmit diseases such as typhus.


(n. laʊs; v. also laʊz)

n., pl. lice (līs) for 1–3, lous•es for 4, n.
1. any of various small, flat, wingless insects of the order Anoplura, with sucking mouthparts, that are parasitic on humans and other mammals, as Pediculus humanuscapitis (head louse) and P. humanus corporis (body louse).
2. any similar insect of the order Mallophaga, with biting mouthparts, parasitic on birds and some mammals.
3. aphid.
4. Slang. a contemptible person.
5. to delouse.
6. louse up, Slang. to spoil; botch.
[before 900; Middle English lous(e),luse, Old English lūs, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, Old High German, Old Norse lūs]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.body louse - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beingsbody louse - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings
louse, sucking louse - wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
genus Pediculus, Pediculus - type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans
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We also collected lice from participants' clothing or body (below the neck) and considered these lice a positive indication of body louse infestation.
3) The first case linked with spirochetal etiology and body louse transmission was documented a century ago.
Its genome contains 99,000,000 base pairs of nucleotides, making it smaller than other tiny reported genomes for the body louse (105,000,000 base pairs) and the winged parasite Strepsiptera (108,000,000 base pairs), as well as the genomes of three other members of the midge family.
The bacteria that cause typhus rely on the body louse to spread.
The hosts in these cases are the body louse, the common flea and one species of mosquito respectively.
A Nits are the eggs of the human body louse (plural: lice).
Lastly, experimental infection of the human body louse with the flying squirrel strain of R.
Barry Pittendrigh, from the University of Illinois, who led the work, said: "The body louse genome is the smallest known genome of any insect.
Washington, June 22 (ANI): Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of the human body louse.
2 : an insect or related arthropod that resembles a body louse and feeds on plant juices or decaying matter
Moreover, both diseases were dealt with in the same way, by attacking the body louse and its habitat.
While the technology can be applied to all insect pests, the first application of this research is directed to environmentally friendly and safe control of sheep blowfly and body louse.