Definition of scabies noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskeɪbiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪbiːz//
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a skin disease that causes itching and small red raised spots Word Originlate Middle English (denoting various skin diseases): from Latin, from scabere ‘to scratch’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scabies