: 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

Examples of mange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was also exposed to rat poison and developed mange. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 But in a related matter, Duarte and Glendora have warned her to stop treating coyotes in the field for mange by feeding them raw meat and dead rats spiked with a medication, according to documents filed by city attorneys in both cities. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2023 He was treated for mange [a skin disease caused by parasitic mites]. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 These include mange, leptospirosis, roundworm, and rabies. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 Pet parents dealing with more severe skin conditions such as mange will also find solace in Pupper Dog Shampoo. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 At the time, only two other cougars in the study had contracted mange, and both eventually died. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Its gentle yet powerful formula works wonders in alleviating symptoms associated with mange without causing any additional irritation or discomfort to your furry companion. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 There’s also mange, which lions can be susceptible to after eating prey with rat poison in their systems. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2022

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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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“Mange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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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