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Any of various tiny mites of the genus Demodex that infest the hair follicles of mammals.
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A minute arachnid of the order Acarina. Some mites are parasitic and cause asthma, mange, and scabies; others are vectors of disease organisms and are intermediate hosts for certain cestodes.
A species, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinum or D. farinae, that ingests shed human skin cells. The mite is a common cause of allergic reactions.
follicle miteDemodex folliculorum.
itch miteSee: Sarcoptes; scabies
Any mite of the families Sarcoptidae and Psoroptidae, which causes mange in many species of animals.See: mange; scabies
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