- A cutaneous disease of domestic and wild animals caused by any one of several genera of skin-burrowing mites; in humans, mite infestations are usually referred to as scabies. [Fr. manger, to eat]- demodectic m. an infestation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands with mites of the genus Demodex; they occur in humans and a number of domesticated animals; although asymptomatic in most species, these mites can cause severe and extensive dermatitis (“red m.”) in dogs. See Demodex.- sarcoptic m. a cutaneous disease of animals caused by mites of the genus Sarcoptes including Sarcoptes scabiei.
* * *mange 'mānj n any of various more or less severe, persistent, and contagious skin diseases that are marked esp. by eczematous inflammation and loss of hair and that affect domestic animals or sometimes humans esp a skin disease caused by a minute parasitic mite of Sarcoptes, Psoroptes, Chorioptes, or related genera that burrows in or lives on the skin or by one of the genus Demodex that lives in the hair follicles or sebaceous glands see CHORIOPTIC MANGE, DEMODECTIC MANGE, SARCOPTIC MANGE, SCABIES
* * *(mānj) any of several contagious forms of dermatitis caused by the mange mites (q.v.) and affecting many different species of mammals and birds. Although the distribution, manner of spread, and clinical presentation vary with the host and parasite species, mange is typically characterized by cutaneous burrows produced by the mites; scratching associated with deeper lesions, producing crusts and scabs; alopecia; and epidermal hyperplasia with desquamation. Bacterial infection may occur.
Medical dictionary. 2011.