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 This gentle, queen-sized silk pillowcase is hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistant. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, "Sephora Holiday Savings Event 2020: best sales for VIBs," 30 Oct. 2020 What’s more, this pillow is both hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 17 June 2020 Investing in a dehumidifier can ensure the longevity of heirlooms, help keep dust mite allergies at bay, reduce mold risk, and make your home or office more comfortable. Popular Science, "Dehumidifiers that help prevent mold and decay," 30 Oct. 2019 Also be on the lookout for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, molds and pollens. Hallie Levine, New York Times, "What to Do About Your Kid’s Eczema," 17 Apr. 2020 One of the biggest breeding grounds for dust mites is your bedsheets, so be sure to wash them in hot water with detergent every week, and add a cup of white vinegar every so often. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Summer jobs for kids," 6 Apr. 2020 Finally, to eliminate bacteria, dust mites and other allergens from plush toys without washing them, go over them slowly with a garment steamer, then vacuum the toy thoroughly with your vacuum's upholstery attachment. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean and Disinfect Toys, According to Cleaning Experts," 26 Mar. 2020 Excessive moisture can also create a breeding ground for dust mites and mold. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Install a Window Air Conditioner," 2 May 2020 In theory, household dust mites can also cause symptoms similar to pollen allergies — though Joshi said there was no data to support this — which can complicate matters during statewide stay-at-home orders. oregonlive, "Oregon allergy season started early this year, thanks to mild winter, but long-term outlook isn’t terrible," 27 Apr. 2020

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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