Definition of scabies in English:

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scabies

Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪbiːz/

noun

[mass noun]
A contagious skin disease marked by itching and small raised red spots, caused by the itch mite.
Example sentences
  • Consequently malaria, diarrhoea, scabies and respiratory diseases are rife.
  • Not surprisingly, malnourishment and illness like fevers, coughs, malaria, scabies and diarrhoea are common.
  • This bad water has caused skin diseases such as impetigo, scabies and eczema, as well as chronic diarrhea problems.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting various skin diseases): from Latin, from scabere 'to scratch'. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

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