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scabies

[skey-beez, -bee-eez]
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noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a contagious skin disease occurring especially in sheep and cattle and also in humans, caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows under the skin.Compare itch(def 10), mange.
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Origin of scabies

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scabiēs roughness, the itch, derivative of scabere to scratch, scrape; cognate with shave
Related formssca·bi·et·ic [skey-bee-et-ik] /ˌskeɪ biˈɛt ɪk/, adjective
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scabies

noun
  1. a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by intense itching, inflammation, and the formation of vesicles and pustules
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Derived Formsscabietic (ˌskeɪbɪˈɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin: scurf, from scabere to scratch; see shave
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Word Origin and History for scabies

n.

skin disease, "the itch," c.1400, from Latin scabies "mange, itch, roughness," from scabere "to scratch, scrape," from PIE root *(s)kep-, a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (cf. Gothic scaban, Old English sceafan "to scrape, shave;" Greek skaptein "to dig;" "Old Church Slavonic skobli "scraper;" Lithuanian skabus "sharp," skabeti "to cut;" Lettish skabrs "splintery, sharp"). Related: Scabious.

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scabies in Medicine

scabies

(skābēz)
n.
  1. A contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei and characterized by intense itching.
  2. A similar disease in animals.
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