from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and characterized by intense itching.
  • n. A similar disease in animals, especially sheep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The itch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The itch; a contagious disease of the skin. due to a parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. which forms burrows (cuniculi) in the epidermis and gives rise to more or less severe dermatitis. See cut under itch-mite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin scabiēs, from scabere, to scratch.

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From Latin scabiēs ("scurf; scab, mange, itch"), from scabō ("scratch, scrape").


  • The name meaning "in place where gives the scabies" is not encouraging.


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  • They are also most prone to several diseases such as scabies and malaria.

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  • No. Pets become infested with a different kind of scabies mite.


  • Dermatological and ophthalmic diseases directly due to a lack of hygiene such as scabies, trachoma, conjunctivitis, etc.

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  • After I had been treated with sulphur for "scabies" a couple of weeks, a hole came in my throat just like the one I had on my foot -- a white hole with a black band round it, and all the flesh for about six inches beyond it

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  • Bruce Bowker, a vet practising in Nova Scotia, says some in the medical camp caution against a human/pet bed because of the possibility of cross-species transmission of infectious diseases HIN1 Influenza, MRSA, and external parasites such as scabies and ringworm and internal parasites like roundworm.

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