[skey-beez, -bee-eez]

noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scabies

Contemporary Examples of scabies

  • I tried to sneak in a quick scratch every time Bachardy looked down, but I must have looked like a crazy person with scabies.

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    Modeling for Don Bachardy

    Itay Hod

    July 5, 2010

Historical Examples of scabies

British Dictionary definitions for scabies



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

Word Origin for scabies

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scabies in Medicine




A contagious skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei and characterized by intense itching.
A similar disease in animals.
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