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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.

mite

(mīt),
A minute arthropod of the order Acarina, a vast assemblage of parasitic and (primarily) free-living organisms. Most are still undescribed, and only a relatively small number are of medical or veterinary importance as vectors or intermediate hosts of pathogenic agents, by directly causing dermatitis or tissue damage, or by causing blood or tissue fluid loss. The six-legged larvae of trombiculid mites, the chigger mites (Trombicula), are parasitic of humans and many mammals and birds; they are important as vectors of scrub typhus (tsutsugamushi disease) and other rickettsial agents. Some other important mites are Acarus hordei (barley mite), Demodex folliculorum (follicular or mange mite), Dermanyssus gallinae (red hen mite), Ornithonyssus bacoti (tropical rat mite), Ornithonyssus bursa (tropical fowl mite), Ornithonyssus sylviarum (northern fowl mite), Pyemotes tritici (straw or grain itch mite), and Sarcoptes scabiei (itch mite).
[A.S.]

mite

(mīt) any arthropod of the order Acarina except the ticks; they are minute animals, usually transparent or semitransparent, and may be parasitic on humans and domestic animals, causing various skin irritations.
chigger mite , harvest mite chigger.
itch mite , mange mite see Notoedres and Sarcoptes.

mite

(mīt)
n.
Any of numerous small or minute arachnids of the order Acarina, including species that damage crops or stored food and species that are parasitic on animals and often transmit disease.

mite

[mīt]
Etymology: AS
a minute arachnid with a flat, almost transparent body and four pairs of legs. Many species of these relatives of ticks and spiders are parasitic, including the chigger and Sarcoptes scabiei, which cause localized pruritus and inflammation. Some female mites burrow into the skin and lay eggs that hatch into larvae. The movements of the larvae cause intense itching. See also chigger, scabies.

mite

any member of the order Acarina, ARACHNIDS possessing clawed appendages in front of the mouth (chelicarae). They may be free-living (many thousands/m2 in soil) or parasitic.

Mite

An insect parasite belonging to the order Acarina. The organism that causes scabies is a mite.
Mentioned in: Scabies

mite

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. See mange, chigger, harvest mites, psorergatesovis, demodectic, notoedric, otodectic, and many locality names, e.g. cat fur mites, ear mites, nasal mites, and other special titles, e.g. harvest mites, housedust mites.

chigger mite
see chigger.
mite fever
see scrub typhus.
grain itch mite
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