One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A parasitic mite of the genus Demodex, of which one species, D. folliculorum, infests the hair follicles and sebaceous follicles in the skin of humans and domestic animals; a follicle mite.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From scientific Latin Demodex, genus name from ancient Greek δημός fat, of uncertain origin + Byzantine Greek δήξ woodworm, of unknown origin.
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