- any mite of the family Demodicidae, parasitic in hair follicles of various mammals, including humans.
Origin of follicle mite
First recorded in 1920–25
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The follicle-mite of the cat, however, usually confines itself to the ear.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
- Any of various tiny mites of the genus Demodex that infest the hair follicles of mammals.
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