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 scabies (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scabies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ivermectin is a drug used by humans to treat such ailments as lice and scabies, though its more common use is as a dewormer for animals. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Doctors use it to treat diseases caused by intestinal worms such as river blindness, as well as head lice and scabies. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2021 In people, the drug is used to treat diseases like river blindness and scabies. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 Ivermectin has a limited scope for human treatment, sometimes prescribed for worms, scabies and head lice. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 In people, the drug is used to treat diseases like river blindness and scabies. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 In people, the drug is used to treat diseases like river blindness and scabies. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 In people, the drug is used to treat diseases like river blindness and scabies. Chacour Koop, al, 1 Sep. 2021 Though sometimes given to humans in small doses for head lice, scabies, and other parasites, ivermectin is more commonly used in animals. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021

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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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“Scabies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scabies. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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scabies

noun

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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