dust mite


noun

any of various mites, especially Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and D. farinae, that ingest shed skin cells and may cause allergic reactions.

Nearby words

  1. dust explosion,
  2. dust gun,
  3. dust head,
  4. dust jacket,
  5. dust kitten,
  6. dust mop,
  7. dust mouse,
  8. dust off,
  9. dust ruffle,
  10. dust shot

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British Dictionary definitions for dust mite

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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