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noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. any of various skin diseases caused by parasitic mites, affecting animals and sometimes humans and characterized by loss of hair and scabby eruptions.
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Origin of mange

1375–1425; late Middle English manjewe < Middle French mangeue an eating, itch, derivative of mangier to eat; see manger
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Historical Examples

  • Most likely it has the mange now, or some disease ye will all be catching.

    Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm

    Mabel C. Hawley

  • Mange bowed in acknowledgment of this little tribute to himself.

  • Amid all the confusion and danger Mange's self-possession did not desert him.

  • Poor brute, she is a mass of mange and so skinny that her ribs stick out!

  • He had a little sore on his back that she soon found out was mange.

    Beautiful Joe

    Marshall Saunders

British Dictionary definitions for mange


  1. an infectious disorder mainly affecting domestic animals, characterized by itching, formation of papules and vesicles, and loss of hair: caused by parasitic mites
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French mangeue itch, literally: eating, from mangier to eat
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Word Origin and History for mange


"skin disease of animals," early 15c., from Old French manjue "the itch," also "hunger, appetite; itching, longing," literally "the eating," verbal noun from a collateral form of Old French mangier "to eat" (Modern French manger) "to eat," from Late Latin manducare "to chew, eat," from manducus "glutton," from Latin mandere "to chew" (see mandible).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mange in Medicine


  1. Any of several chronic skin diseases of mammals caused by parasitic mites and characterized by skin lesions, itching, and loss of hair.
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Related formsmangy (mān) adj.
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