dust mite


Definition of dust mite 

: any of various mites (especially family Pyroglyphidae) commonly found in house dust — compare house dust mite

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The most common indoor allergens are dust mites, pets and molds. Jamie Gold, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Clearing the indoor air," 28 June 2018 And your dead skin cells are the perfect food for dust mites, allowing them to multiply like crazy. NBC News, "How to spring clean like a pro," 10 Aug. 2017 The parasite Toxoplasma gondii is smaller than a single dust mite burrowing in your mattress. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Help your child avoid common asthma triggers, including tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroaches, mold and smoke from burning wood or grass. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Childhood asthma: What you need to know," 26 June 2018 Your mattress could house dust mites, which might trigger allergies. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Ways Your Mattress Could Be Negatively Affecting Your Health," 15 June 2018 While bacteria and viruses can cause pink eye, the allergic form of the condition comes about when your body overreacts to an allergen like pollen, dust mites, mold, or animal dander. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Health Issues That Can Cause Sensitivity to Light," 5 June 2018 Then there are our mattresses and pillows, which collect massive amounts of dust mites and dead skin over the years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Your Bed Is Dirtier Than a Chimp’s," 18 May 2018 Some of the biggest allergens are dust mites, pet dander, mold, pollen, and cockroach droppings, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Korin Miller, Allure, "7 Ways to Relieve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms," 24 Apr. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dust mite

: a very small creature that lives in the dust in your house and that can cause an allergic reaction

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Medical Definition of dust mite 

: any of various mites (especially family Pyroglyphidae) implicated in human allergic reactions to dust especially : house-dust mite

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