- a parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, causing itch or scabies in humans and a form of mange in animals.
Origin of itch mite
First recorded in 1825–35
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The itch-mite (Acarus scabiei) and the louse (Pediculus capitis, corporis, vel pubis) are the more common members of the group.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
- any mite of the family Sarcoptidae, all of which are skin parasites, esp Sarcoptes scabei, which causes scabies
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- A parasitic mite that burrows into the skin and causes scabies.
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