house dust mite

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house dust mite was in 1967

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“House dust mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20dust%20mite. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

house dust mite

noun
ˈhau̇s-ˌdəst-
: 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
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