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- (pathology) 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.
- 1889, T. H. Huxley, The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century:
- Further, just as the discovery of the cause of scabies proved the absurdity of many of the old prescriptions for the prevention and treatment of that disease; so the discovery of the cause of splenic fever, and other such maladies, has given a new direction to prophylactic and curative measures against the worst scourges of humanity.
an infestation of parasitic mites, Sarcoptes scabiei
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈska.bi.eːs/, [ˈs̠käbieːs̠]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈska.bi.es/, [ˈskäːbies]