Definition of Scabies

1. Noun. A contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation. "He has a bad case of the itch"

Exact synonyms: Itch
Generic synonyms: Infection
Derivative terms: Itch, Itch



Definition of Scabies

1. n. The itch.

Definition of Scabies

1. Noun. (pathology) An infestation of parasitic mites, ''Sarcoptes scabiei'', causing intense itching caused by the mites burrowing into the skin of humans and other animals. It is easily transmissible from human to human; secondary skin infection may occur. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scabies

1. a skin disease [n SCABIES]

Medical Definition of Scabies

1. A contagious dermatitis of humans and various wild and domestic animals caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, transmitted by close contact and characterised by a papular eruption over tiny, raised sinuous burrows (cuniculi) produced by digging into the upper layer of the epidermis by the egg laying female mite, which is accompanied by intense pruritus and sometimes associated with eczema from scratching and secondary bacterial infection. Synonym: the itch, seven year itch. Origin: L., from scabere = scratch This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scabies

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scabbiest
scabbily
scabbiness
scabbing
scabble
scabbled
scabbles
scabbling
scabblings
scabby
scabby mouth
scabicidal
scabicide
scabicides
scabies (current term)
scabietic
scabieticide
scabiosa
scabiosas
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scabiouses
scabland
scablands
scablike
scabling
scablings
scabredity
scabrid
scabridulous

Literary usage of Scabies

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1. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"scabies in the Child Care Setting scabies is caused by a tiny mite, ... scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Because mites can survive only briefly if ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"2), in a series of 100 cases of patients with scabies, found albuminuria sixteen times. From their study of the literature and from their own observations ..."

3. Report on the Injurious Insects and Other Animals Observed in the Midland by Walter Edward Collinge (1908)
"REPORT ON scabies (MANGE) IN DOGS AND HORSES An enquiry from a Midland County Council respecting scabies in horses and dogs was received in July last, ..."

4. Diseases of the Skin by Richard Lightburn Sutton (1916)
"scabies in the Lower Animals.—Many of the lower animals, particularly the donkey, mule, hog, ... 64 (man infected with scabies from donkey, mule and sow). ..."

5. A Practical treatise on the diseases of infancy and childhood by Thomas Hawkes Tanner (1871)
"An opinion prevails that scabies never attacks the face; but this seems to be ... The pathognomonic feature of scabies, is the acarus in its burrow or ..."

6. On Diseases of the Skin by Erasmus Wilson (1857)
"The diseases originating from these causes, and to be treated of in the present chapter, are therefore, scabies, the inflammation of the skin caused by the ..."

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