[skey-beez, -bee-eez]
noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
a contagious skin disease occurring especially in sheep and cattle and also in humans, caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows under the skin. Compare itch ( def 10 ), mange.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scabiēs roughness, the itch, derivative of scabere to scratch, scrape; cognate with shave

scabietic [skey-bee-et-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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scabies (ˈskeɪbiːz, -bɪˌiːz)
a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by intense itching, inflammation, and the formation of vesicles and pustules
[C15: from Latin: scurf, from scabere to scratch; see shave]

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Word Origin & History

skin disease, c.1400, from L. scabies "mange, itch," from scabere "to scratch," from PIE base *skab- "to scrape, scratch" (cf. Goth. scaban, O.E. sceafan "to scrape, shave;" O.C.S. skobli "scraper;" Lith. skabus "sharp," skabeti "to cut;" Lettish skabrs "splintery, sharp").
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scabies sca·bies (skā'bēz)

  1. A contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei and characterized by intense itching.

  2. A similar disease in animals.

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skin inflammation accompanied by severe nighttime itching caused by the itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The mite passes from person to person by close contact. Scabies is characteristically a disease of wartime, for living standards then drop, washing may be difficult, and people may be crowded together. The disease also afflicts many schoolchildren and residents of nursing homes, with periodic epidemics occurring even among persons with strict habits of hygiene and adequate living conditions

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Example sentences
Scabies can be treated and cured, but not until you take medication.
Scabies are microscopic although sometimes they are visible as a pinpoint of white.
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