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.
scabietic sca·bi·et·ic (skā'bē-ět'ĭk)
Relating to or affected with scabies.
scabies sca·bies (skā'bēz)
A contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei and characterized by intense itching.
A similar disease in animals.