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dust mite

[ duhst-mahyt ]
/ ˈdʌst ˌmaɪt /
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noun
any of various mites, especially Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and D. farinae, that ingest shed skin cells and may cause allergic reactions.
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Origin of dust mite

First recorded in 1965–70
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dust mite

noun
either of two mites, Dermatophagoides farinae or D. pteronyssinus, that feed on shed human skill cells. Their excrement is a household allergen associated with respiratory allergies and asthma
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