Definition of mange in English:

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Pronunciation: /mānj/


A skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to humans. It typically causes severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions. See also demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange.
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'.

Words that rhyme with mange

arrange, change, counterchange, estrange, exchange, grange, interchange, Lagrange, part-exchange, range, short-change, strange

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Syllabification: mange

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