(Irregular plural: itches).
An irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch; SYN. itching.
Irritation of nerve endings in skin or mucous membrane that provokes the desire to scratch; also a popular name for the parasitic disorder scabies.
An persistent and contagious disease of the skin causing inflammation and itching and loss of hair; affects domestic animals (and sometimes people).
Any of various persistent contagious skin diseases marked especially by eczematous inflammation and loss of hair, affecting domestic animals or sometimes humans, and caused by a minute parasitic mite — compare sarcoptic mange
ETYM Old Eng. scab, scabbe, shabbe; cf. as. scaeb, sceabb, scebb, Dan. and Swed. skab, and also Latin scabies, from scabere to scratch, akin to Eng. shave. Related to Shave, Shab, Shabby.
1. The crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion.
2. A crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound.
3. Any of various bacterial or fungus diseases of plants characterized by crustaceous spots; also; one of the spots.
State of having many scabs; state of being infected with scabies; meanness, contemptibleness