Definition of mange
: any of various persistent contagious skin diseases marked especially by eczematous inflammation and loss of hair, affecting domestic animals or sometimes humans, and caused by a minute parasitic mite — compare sarcoptic mange
Recent Examples of mange from the Web
Libre, a Boston terrier, was found starving, covered in mange and left for dead at an Amish dog-breeding farm in Lancaster County in 2016.
Coyote mange, when applicable, is being examined by researchers at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in Sacramento.
The roof has bald spots where shingles have fallen off like fur from mange.
Mange is usually not fatal, but Riley and colleagues’ research has shown that bobcats ingest rat poison via their prey, which in turn lowers their immunity and makes them more susceptible to dying from mange.
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Origin and Etymology of mange
alteration of Middle English manjewe, from Anglo-French manjue, from manger to eat
First Known Use: 1540See Words from the same year
MANGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mange for English Language Learners
: a skin disease of animals (such as cats and dogs) and sometimes people that causes itching and loss of hair
MANGE Defined for Kids
Definition of mange for Students
: a contagious skin disease usually of domestic animals in which there is itching and loss of hair
Medical Definition of mange
: any of various more or less severe, persistent, and contagious skin diseases that are marked especially by eczematous inflammation and loss of hair and that affect domestic animals or sometimes humans; especially : a skin disease caused by a minute parasitic mite of Sarcoptes, Psoroptes, Chorioptes, or related genera that burrows in or lives on the skin or by one of the genus Demodex that lives in the hair follicles or sebaceous glands—see chorioptic mange, demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange, scabies
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