sarcoptic mange

sar·​cop·​tic mange | \ (ˌ)sär-ˈkäp-tik- How to pronounce sarcoptic mange (audio) \

Definition of sarcoptic mange

: mange caused by mites (genus Sarcoptes) burrowing in the skin especially of the head and face

Examples of sarcoptic mange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vicuñas had been decimated by a disease called sarcoptic mange, which is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into an animal’s skin. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 Infestations of sarcoptic mange can be mild, fatal or anywhere in between. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 The formula also kills mites that cause the highly contagious skin disease sarcoptic mange, which can travel from pets to humans. Andrea Marie,, 19 May 2021 Probably the best reason for keeping dogs in outside kennels, historically, was to prevent the spread of external parasites such as fleas and the mites that cause sarcoptic mange (scabies in humans). Tom Davis, Field & Stream, 15 May 2020 The ridiculously adorable creature — a male — was found in the middle of a busy road and faces an uphill battle to fight sarcoptic mange and an upper respiratory infection, according to a post on the Humane Society's Facebook page. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2018 The animals are suffering from sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious disease that causes itching, severe skin irritation and loss of fur. Debbi Baker,, 7 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sarcoptic mange

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcoptic mange

New Latin Sarcoptes, a genus of mites (probably for expected *Sarcocoptes, from sarco- sarco- + Greek kop-, stem of kóptein "to strike, cut off" + -tēs, agent suffix) + -ic entry 1 — more at apocope

Note: The genus name Sarcoptes was introduced, without etymology, by the French zoologist Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) in Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes, tome 3, Paris, An X [1802], p. 67, replacing Linnaeus's Acarus scabiei.

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Medical Definition of sarcoptic mange

: mange caused by mites of the genus Sarcoptes that burrow in the skin especially of the head and face — compare chorioptic mange, demodectic mange


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