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[meynj] /meɪndʒ/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
any of various skin diseases caused by parasitic mites, affecting animals and sometimes humans and characterized by loss of hair and scabby eruptions.
Origin of mange
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English manjewe < Middle French mangeue an eating, itch, derivative of mangier to eat; see manger Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mange
Historical Examples
  • Most likely it has the mange now, or some disease ye will all be catching.

  • mange bowed in acknowledgment of this little tribute to himself.

  • Amid all the confusion and danger mange's self-possession did not desert him.

  • Poor brute, she is a mass of mange and so skinny that her ribs stick out!

  • He had a little sore on his back that she soon found out was mange.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • O, son of a mange, that I should have lived to have witnessed so obscene a spectacle.

  • mange is caused by a minute insect which burrows into the skin and there multiplies.

    The Cat Philip M. Rule
  • Her fur was the darkest of browns, and had not a spot or taint of mange to disfigure it.

    The Romance of the Woods F. J. Whishaw
  • The main thing with mange is cleanliness and keeping everlastingly at it.

    The Airedale

    Williams Haynes
  • Few diseases are more easily propagated by contact than mange.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for mange


an infectious disorder mainly affecting domestic animals, characterized by itching, formation of papules and vesicles, and loss of hair: caused by parasitic mites
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mangeue itch, literally: eating, from mangier to eat
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Word Origin and History for mange

"skin disease of animals," early 15c., from Old French manjue "the itch," also "hunger, appetite; itching, longing," literally "the eating," verbal noun from a collateral form of Old French mangier "to eat" (Modern French manger) "to eat," from Late Latin manducare "to chew, eat," from manducus "glutton," from Latin mandere "to chew" (see mandible).

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mange in Medicine

mange (mānj)
Any of several chronic skin diseases of mammals caused by parasitic mites and characterized by skin lesions, itching, and loss of hair.

mang'y (mān'jē) adj.
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