from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and characterized by intense itching.
- n. A similar disease in animals, especially sheep.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An infestation of parasitic mites, Sarcoptes scabiei, causing intense itching caused by the mites burrowing into the skin of humans and other animals. It is easily transmissible from human to human; secondary skin infection may occur.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The itch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The itch; a contagious disease of the skin. due to a parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. which forms burrows (cuniculi) in the epidermis and gives rise to more or less severe dermatitis. See cut under itch-mite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation
Middle English, from Latin scabiēs, from scabere, to scratch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scabiēs ("scurf; scab, mange, itch"), from scabō ("scratch, scrape"). (Wiktionary)