Meaning of scabies

sca•bies

Pronunciation: (skā'bēz, -bē-ēz"), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.) Pathol., Vet. Pathol.
  1. a 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.(def. 10),
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