Definitions for scabiesˈskeɪ biz, -biˌiz
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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.
Scabies, also called Norwegian scabies or colloquially the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is a tiny and usually not directly visible parasite which burrows under the host's skin, causing intense allergic itching. The infection in animals other than humans is caused by a different but related mite species, and is called sarcoptic mange. Scabies is classified by the World Health Organization as a water-related disease. The disease may be transmitted from objects but is most often transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact, with a higher risk with prolonged contact. Initial infections require four to six weeks to become symptomatic. Reinfection, however, may manifest symptoms within as little as 24 hours. Because the symptoms are allergic, their delay in onset is often mirrored by a significant delay in relief after the parasites have been eradicated. Crusted scabies, formerly known as Norwegian scabies, is a more severe form of the infection often associated with immunosuppression.
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.
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