Definitions for scabiesˈskeɪ biz, -biˌiz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sca•bies*ˈskeɪ biz, -biˌiz(n.)
a form of mange caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows into the skin.
Category: Pathology, Veterinary Science
* (used with a sing. v.).
Origin of scabies:
1350–1400; ME < L scabiēs roughness of the skin, mange, der. of scabere to scratch
a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation
"he has a bad case of the itch"
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.
Origin: From scabies, from scabo.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A contagious cutaneous inflammation caused by the bite of the mite SARCOPTES SCABIEI. It is characterized by pruritic papular eruptions and burrows and affects primarily the axillae, elbows, wrists, and genitalia, although it can spread to cover the entire body.