[ skey-beez, -bee-eez ]
/ ˈskeɪ biz, -biˌiz /

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


sca·bi·et·ic [skey-bee-et-ik] /ˌskeɪ biˈɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scabies

/ (ˈskeɪbiːz, -bɪˌiːz) /


a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by intense itching, inflammation, and the formation of vesicles and pustules

Derived forms of scabies

scabietic (ˌskeɪbɪˈɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for scabies

C15: from Latin: scurf, from scabere to scratch; see shave
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Medical definitions for scabies

[ skābēz ]


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