scabies[skā′bēz, -bē ēz′]
a contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows under the skin to deposit eggs, causing intense itching
Origin of scabiesClassical Latin roughness, itch: see scab
- A contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and characterized by intense itching.
- A similar disease in animals, especially sheep.
Origin of scabiesMiddle English, from Latin scabiēs, from scabere, to scratch.
- (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.
From Latin scabiēs (“scurf; scab, mange, itch”), from scabō (“scratch, scrape”).