mange

mange

[meynj]
noun Veterinary Pathology.
any of various skin diseases caused by parasitic mites, affecting animals and sometimes humans and characterized by loss of hair and scabby eruptions.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English manjewe < Middle French mangeue an eating, itch, derivative of mangier to eat; see manger

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mange (meɪndʒ)
 
n
an infectious disorder mainly affecting domestic animals, characterized by itching, formation of papules and vesicles, and loss of hair: caused by parasitic mites
 
[C14: from Old French mangeue itch, literally: eating, from mangier to eat]

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mange
"skin disease of animals," c.1400, from M.Fr. manjue "the itch," lit. "the eating," from stem of O.Fr. mangier (Fr. manger) "to eat," from L.L. manducare "to chew, eat," from manducus "glutton," from L. mandere "to chew."
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mange (mānj)
n.
Any of several chronic skin diseases of mammals caused by parasitic mites and characterized by skin lesions, itching, and loss of hair.


mang'y (mān'jē) adj.
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mange

skin disease of animals caused by mite infestations, characterized by inflammation, itching, thickening of the skin, and hair loss. The most severe form of mange is caused by varieties of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes human scabies. Some form of mange is known in all domestic animals, although many varieties of mange mites infest only one species; they are transmitted between animals by direct contact and by objects that have been in contact with infested animals. Most forms of mange are treatable.

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