scabies

noun
sca·​bies | \ ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio) \
plural scabies

Definition of scabies

: contagious itch or mange especially with exudative crusts that is caused by parasitic mites (especially Sarcoptes scabiei)

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Other Words from scabies

scabietic \ ˌskā-​bē-​ˈe-​tik How to pronounce scabietic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scabies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conditions are ripe for the spread of hepatitis, COVID-19, typhus, shigellosis, tuberculosis, scabies, and other communicable diseases within the camps themselves. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Homeless encampments near Capitol, Morey must go for everyone’s sake," 24 July 2020

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First Known Use of scabies

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scabies

Latin, from scabere to scratch

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The first known use of scabies was in 1814

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Last Updated

14 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scabies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scabies. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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scabies

noun
How to pronounce scabies (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scabies

: a disease that is caused by small insects and that causes itching and red spots on the skin

scabies

noun
sca·​bies | \ ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio) \
plural scabies

Kids Definition of scabies

: an itch or mange caused by mites living as parasites under the skin

scabies

noun
sca·​bies | \ ˈskā-bēz How to pronounce scabies (audio) \
plural scabies

Medical Definition of 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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