: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Coyotes are susceptible to a type of mange caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2015 This waterproof topical solution is designed to give your dog protection against fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, sand flies, mites (excluding mange mites), and a variety of ticks including brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, and deer ticks. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 For years, Virginia wildlife officials received reports of sporadic mange cases in bears in Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 Other bears just get a mild case of mange, go through an itchy spell and survive. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 Several mountain lions that have been documented with mange had also been exposed to rodenticides. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 As the days progressed, Dobby's caretakers learned the puppy had demodectic mange, which leads to hair loss and is caused by parasitic mites, and started treating the dog for the health issue. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 Several Facebook commenters surmised that the fox had a case of mange. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 19 Sep. 2022 The Oakland Athletics are dumping and shredding, shedding players like a dog with mange. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mange was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Mange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: any of several contagious skin diseases of domestic animals and sometimes human beings that are marked especially by itching and loss of hair and are caused by tiny mites

Medical Definition


: 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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