house dust mite

noun

Definition of house dust mite 

: either of two widely distributed dust mites (Dermatophagoides farinae and D. pteronyssinus) that commonly occur in house dust and often induce allergic responses (such as runny nose or sneezing) and asthma house dust mites—which eat human skin scales—could grow to very large numbers, not only in mattresses and pillows, but also in carpets, upholstered furniture, and even in clothing and window curtains, particularly in warm, humid houses.— Discover

First Known Use of house dust mite

1967, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about house dust mite

Share house dust mite

Statistics for house dust mite

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for house dust mite

The first known use of house dust mite was in 1967

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for house dust mite

house dust mite

noun
\ˈhau̇s-ˌdəst-\

Medical Definition of house dust mite 

: either of two widely distributed dust mites of the genus Dermatophagoides (D. farinae and D. pteronyssinus) that commonly occur in house dust and often induce allergic responses (such as runny nose or sneezing) and asthma house dust mites—which eat human skin scales—could grow to very large numbers, not only in mattresses and pillows, but also in carpets, upholstered furniture, and even in clothing and window curtains, particularly in warm, humid houses.Discover, March 1998

Comments on house dust mite

What made you want to look up house dust mite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!