A skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to humans. It is characterized by severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions: foxes that get mange die in three or four months my dog has the mange
More example sentences
- Others are rather unpleasant parasites themselves, such as ticks, chiggers, and the skin mites that cause mange and scabies.
- The main threat to dogs, he adds, comes from mange, a skin disease caused by mites, which is common in urban foxes.
- The puppy has a gut infection, mange, a severe skin problem, worms, fleas and ear mites.
late Middle English: from Old French mangeue, from mangier 'eat', from Latin manducare 'to chew'.