follicle mite

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noun

any mite of the family Demodicidae, parasitic in hair follicles of various mammals, including humans.

Nearby words

  1. folkways,
  2. folky,
  3. foll.,
  4. folliberin,
  5. follicle,
  6. follicle of the thyroid gland,
  7. follicle-stimulating hormone,
  8. follicle-stimulating hormone-releasing factor,
  9. follicular,
  10. follicular atresia

Origin of follicle mite

First recorded in 1920–25

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Examples from the Web for follicle mite

  • The follicle-mite of the cat, however, usually confines itself to the ear.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold


Medicine definitions for follicle mite

follicle mite

n.

Any of various tiny mites of the genus Demodex that infest the hair follicles of mammals.

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