scabies [ skey-beez, -bee-eez] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun ( used with a singular verb) . Pathology, Veterinary Pathology a contagious skin disease occurring especially in sheep and cattle and also in humans, caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows under the skin. Compare itch, (def 10) mange. Origin of scabies 1350–1400; Middle English
roughness, the itch, derivative of
to scratch, scrape; cognate with
shave Related forms sca·bi·et·ic , [skey-bee- et-ik] /ˌskeɪ biˈɛt ɪk/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scabietic a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by intense itching, inflammation, and the formation of vesicles and pustules Derived Forms scabietic ( ˌskeɪbɪˈɛtɪk), adjective Word Origin
C15: from Latin: scurf, from
scabere to scratch; see shave
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Word Origin and History for scabietic scabies n.
skin disease, "the itch," c.1400, from Latin
scabies "mange, itch, roughness," from scabere "to scratch, scrape," from PIE root *(s)kep-, a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (cf. Gothic scaban, Old English sceafan "to scrape, shave;" Greek skaptein "to dig;" "Old Church Slavonic skobli "scraper;" Lithuanian skabus "sharp," skabeti "to cut;" Lettish skabrs "splintery, sharp"). Related: Scabious.
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scabietic (skā′bē-ĕt ′ĭk) Relating to or affected with scabies. scabies (skā ′bēz) A contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei and characterized by intense itching. A similar disease in animals.
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