- a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, characterized by intense itching, inflammation, and the formation of vesicles and pustules
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sca•bies /ˈskeɪbiz, -biˌiz/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable; used with a singular verb]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Pathologyan itchy skin disease.
sca•bies (skā′bēz, -bē ēz′),USA pronunciation n. (used with a sing. v.) [Pathol., Vet. Pathol.]
(skā′bēz, -bē ēz′),USA pronunciation adj.
- Pathology, Veterinary Diseasesa contagious skin disease occurring esp. in sheep and cattle and also in humans, caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows under the skin. Cf. itch (def. 10), mange.
- Latin scabiēs roughness, the itch, derivative of scabere to scratch, scrape; cognate with shave
- 1350–1400; Middle English
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
'scabies' also found in these entries: