n. pl. scabies
1. A contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and characterized by intense itching.
2. A similar disease in animals, especially sheep.
[Middle English, from Latin scabiēs, from scabere, to scratch.]
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