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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Common triggers behind this include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, cold air, smoke, exercise, and more. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 This stat might be debatable, but the same is true for pillows, which can double its weight in three years, thanks to collecting skin and dust mites. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Keeping Their Mattresses Way Too Long," 26 Aug. 2015 Reusable filters are generally better at removing larger particles from the air, like dust mites and pollen. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 If triggers like dust mites and animal dander are all over your bed and pillows, that might be a factor, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Know if Your Seemingly Harmless Cough Is Actually Asthma," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of dust mite

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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