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[skey-beez, -bee-eez] /ˈskeɪ biz, -biˌiz/
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
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[skey-bee-et-ik] /ˌskeɪ biˈɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Forms
scabietic (ˌskeɪbɪˈɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: scurf, from scabere to scratch; see shave
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Word Origin and History for scabies

skin disease, "the itch," c.1400, from Latin scabies "mange, itch, roughness," from scabere "to scratch, scrape," from PIE root *(s)kep-, a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (cf. Gothic scaban, Old English sceafan "to scrape, shave;" Greek skaptein "to dig;" "Old Church Slavonic skobli "scraper;" Lithuanian skabus "sharp," skabeti "to cut;" Lettish skabrs "splintery, sharp"). Related: Scabious.

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scabies in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for scabies

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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