[dĕmə-dĕks′, dēmə-]


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

Historical Examples of demodex

  • The dog harbours a demodex (D. Caninus) which causes it to lose its hair.

  • 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.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Another ectozoon, placed by Mgnin and others amongst the lowest types of Arachnida, is the well-known Demodex folliculorum.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The family characteristics will be brought out in the discussion of the species infesting man, Demodex folliculorum.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley