itch mite


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mite

 [mīt]
any arthropod of the order Acarina except the ticks; they are characterized by minute size, usually transparent or semitransparent body, and other features distinguishing them from the ticks. They may be free living or parasitic on animals or plants, and may produce various irritations of the skin.
chigger mite (harvest mite) chigger.
itch mite (mange mite) Sarcoptes scabiei.

itch mite

n.
A parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows into the skin and causes scabies.

itch mite

Etymology: AS, giccan + mite
a tiny arachnid with piercing and sucking mouthparts. At least three genera of itch mites are recognized: Chorioptes, Notoedres, and Sarcoptes.

itch mite

(ich mīt)
General term encompassing several species of minute parasites with biting and sucking mouthparts that cause unpleasant dermatologic reactions.

itch

a skin disease attended with itching.

girth itch
see girth itch.
grain itch
pruritic dermatitis due to a mite, Pyemotes ventricosus, which preys on certain insect larvae which live on straw, grain and other plants.
ground itch
the pruritic eruption caused by the entrance into the skin of the hookworm larvae. See also bunostomiasis, ancylostomiasis, uncinariasis.
mad itch
itch mite
see psorergatesovis.
Queensland itch
see equine allergic dermatitis.
sweet itch
see equine allergic dermatitis.
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Similar trends in temperature conditions in 2004 probably promoted the oak gall infestation with itch mites in Crawford County.
Ectoparasitic infections, such as scabies and animal mite infestations, may occur in large seasonal clusters, such as in Pittsburg, Kansas, in August 2004, when 300 residents sought immediate medical care for intensely pruritic, erythematous, papular rashes that were subsequently determined to be caused by multiple bites from European itch mites (Peymotes herfsi) (Figure 1).
Itch mites mate on, or in, their host; the male then dies, and the female burrows into the skin to make a tunnel in which to lay eggs.
The pantry is swarming with itch mites and weevils; firbrats and silverfish romp in the bookshelves.