Scabies Definition

skābēz
noun
A contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows under the skin to deposit eggs, causing intense itching.
Webster's New World
A similar disease in animals, especially sheep.
American Heritage Medicine
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Origin of Scabies

  • From Latin scabiÄ“s (“scurf; scab, mange, itch"), from scabō (“scratch, scrape").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin scabiēs from scabere to scratch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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