- A genus of parasitic, usually nonpathogenic mites that invade the skin and are usually found in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of humans and animals.
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Examples from the Web for demodex
The dog harbours a demodex (D. Caninus) which causes it to lose its hair.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
In the Demodex we see a tendency of the mite to assume under peculiar circumstances an elongated, worm-like form.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The Demodex in man does not, as a rule, cause the slightest inconvenience to its host.
Another ectozoon, placed by Mgnin and others amongst the lowest types of Arachnida, is the well-known Demodex folliculorum.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
The family characteristics will be brought out in the discussion of the species infesting man, Demodex folliculorum.