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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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Recent Examples on the Web The rabbits and dogs also are infested with fleas, ear mites and suffer from possible mange, according to Gary Poon, executive director of Houston Humane Society. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Animal Cruelty task force rescues dozens of sick rabbits, dogs from Katy home," 25 Dec. 2019 The emaciated pup was covered in wounds, had severe mange and was eating the carcass of a dead dog to stay alive. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Before and after: Houston dog rescued on the brink of death gets a new life," 3 Jan. 2020 Here, Eve underwent nearly 2 years of rehab to treat her neglect, medical issues and mange. Kelli Bender,, "Formerly Ill and Hairless Bear Debuts New Coat and Happy Attitude After 2 Years of Rehab," 16 Dec. 2019 Could the prize go to Jennifer Hudson’s outcast Grizabella, a sad-eyed lady of mange but dignity? Leah Greenblatt,, "Cats is exactly as crazy as you thought it would be: Review," 19 Dec. 2019 Biologists suspect the toxic substance is making the animals vulnerable to mange, a potentially fatal skin disease. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mercury-Laden Fog May Be Poisoning California’s Mountain Lions," 2 Dec. 2019 The worst is mange, which is common, but the squirrels might also have a fungal infection. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Do Bay Area squirrels with mange need help?," 18 Sep. 2019 At this farm, where 27 lions were found with mange back in April, inspectors later found 20 young lion and tiger carcasses in a freezer in a staff member’s home. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, "How did we save wild turkeys?," 28 Nov. 2019 In bobcats, fatal mange is highly correlated with the degree of their exposure to rat poisons. Los Angeles Times, "Two mountain lions found dead in Santa Monica Mountains had ingested rat poison," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mange

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mange

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

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The first known use of mange was in 1540

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“Mange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mange

: a skin disease of animals (such as cats and dogs) and sometimes people that causes itching and loss of hair


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Kids Definition of mange

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


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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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