Medical Dictionary

house dust mite

noun \ˈhau̇s-ˌdəst-\

Medical Definition of house dust mite

  1. :  either of two widely distributed dust mites of the genus Dermatophagoides (D. farinae and D. pteronyssinus) that commonly occur in house dust and often induce allergic responses (such as runny nose or sneezing) and asthma <… house dust mites—which eat human skin scales—could grow to very large numbers, not only in mattresses and pillows, but also in carpets, upholstered furniture, and even in clothing and window curtains, particularly in warm, humid houses.—Discover, March 1998>

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