scabies

noun

sca·​bies ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio)
plural scabies
: contagious itch or mange especially with exudative crusts that is caused by parasitic mites (especially Sarcoptes scabiei)
scabietic adjective

Examples of scabies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currier also set up a surveillance system to quantify the problem of farm worker injuries and quantified the issue of head lice in schools and scabies in long-term care settings to help assist management in recognizing the infections. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2021 There ain't no maybes, Bodylice, and crabs, Headlice, and scabies. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2011 He allegedly was infected multiple times with scabies and head lice. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 The NGOs reported people sleeping on floors and decks, the spread of fever-inducing infections and scabies, and food and medical supplies nearing depletion. Colleen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2022 Hira Ikram, a physician at a camp established by Britain’s Islamic Mission in Sukkur charity, said many people had scabies, gastrointestinal infections and fevers. Zarar Khan, ajc, 4 Sep. 2022 Genital herpes and syphilis are common STIs that present this way, says Dr. Khalil, but other infections such as scabies or pubic lice can cause a rash or extreme itchiness without ulcers. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 The disease is frequently called scabies and may cause extreme itchiness, redness, hair loss, and emaciation in extreme cases! Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 The drug, commonly used for livestock and pets in an animal-grade formula, is also FDA-approved in a human formula to treat parasitic infections and skin conditions such as scabies. Bysony Salzman, ABC News, 30 Mar. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, from scabere to scratch

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scabies was in 1814

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Cite this Entry

“Scabies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scabies. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

scabies

noun
sca·​bies ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio)
plural scabies
: an itch or mange caused by mites living as parasites under the skin

Medical Definition

scabies

noun
sca·​bies ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio)
plural scabies
: contagious itch or mange especially with exudative crusts that is caused by parasitic mites and especially by a mite of the genus Sarcoptes (S. scabiei)

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