dust mite


Definition of dust mite

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

Examples of dust mite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Common ones include pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, respiratory infections like the common cold, cold air, exercise, smoke, and stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Life Rules People With Asthma Should Always Follow," 18 Oct. 2018 This model features a true HEPA filter that will capture 99.97% of air pollutants, including dust mites, pet dander, and pollen down to .3 microns. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Ward off Allergens With This Winix Air Purifier, 50% off on Amazon Today," 8 Oct. 2019 The cause of asthma is still largely unknown, but experts believe there are genetic, environmental, and occupational factors linked to the disease, like exposure to mold or dampness, allergens like dust mites, and even secondhand tobacco smoke. Leah Groth, Health.com, "13-Year-Old Broadway Star Laurel Griggs Dies from Asthma Attack—Here's How That Can Happen," 11 Nov. 2019 The Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, and customizable—simply remove some of the stuffing to get the perfect firmness. Anna Heyman, USA TODAY, "The 20 best gift ideas your mom will love for Christmas," 29 Oct. 2019 Over time, pillows collect dust mites and other allergens. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Home decor: When picking a new pillow, use your head," 17 Sep. 2019 Allergy shots can be effective for ragweed, grass, and dust mites, as can tablets—but the shots can also target other allergens like mold, animal dander, and insect venom, according to the ACAAI. Beth Krietsch, SELF, "Can Allergy Tablets Make Your Life Less Miserable?," 20 Aug. 2019 Plus, blankets fill up with dead skin cells, dust mites, and other sorts of gross. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Saturday," 10 Aug. 2019 Your doctor may also want to test you for something like a dust mite or animal dander allergy. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Asthma Gets Worse at Night," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of dust mite

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Dust mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20mite. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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