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de- +‎ louse


delouse (third-person singular simple present delouses, present participle delousing, simple past and past participle deloused)

  1. To remove lice.
    A veterinarian could delouse your dog.
  2. To apply insecticides or insect repellents in order to be sure that no lice or other parasites are present.
    During the Korean Conflict, US soldiers were deloused with DDT upon entering basic training.
  3. (computing) to remove malicious software such as viruses, trojans, spyware, or worms.
    A deloused computer may no longer be considered trustworthy.


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