sarcoptic mange


sar·​cop·​tic mange (ˌ)sär-ˈkäp-tik- How to pronounce sarcoptic mange (audio)
: 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 population is largely healthy, though the Yellowstone wolves have suffered from diseases like distemper and a skin infection known as sarcoptic mange, which is transmitted by mites. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 Revolution is a popular brand of monthly topical medication that not only protects against fleas and heartworms but also ear mites, sarcoptic mange, and ticks. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2023 Treating circulating microfilariae in heartworm-positive canines, adult fleas, flea infestations, and sarcoptic mange, as well as other common intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 Fipronil also kills deer ticks, brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, long star ticks, chewing lice, and mites that cause sarcoptic mange. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 This product can also be used to treat sarcoptic mange and demodicosis. Doggie Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2022 The product is also highly effective against demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 Nexgard is an effective medication for treating flea, tick, and mite infestations in dogs, including demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sarcoptic mange was in 1886

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“Sarcoptic mange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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