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noun \ ˈmānj \

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

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Origin and Etymology of mange

alteration of Middle English manjewe, from Anglo-French manjue, from manger to eat


MANGE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

mange

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Definition of mange for Students

:a contagious skin disease usually of domestic animals in which there is itching and loss of hair

Medical Dictionary

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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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