Definition of mange in US English:



  • A skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to humans. It typically causes severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.

    • ‘The puppy has a gut infection, mange, a severe skin problem, worms, fleas and ear mites.’
    • ‘Worse, some confined herds show horrific predisposition to mange, a disease rarely affecting free-ranging animals.’
    • ‘This may already be seen with the steeply rising numbers of urban foxes, many of which now suffer from endemic mange.’
    • ‘They're so plagued by lice, fleas, dander and mange that their coats are spotted with huge bald patches and pocked with weeping sores.’
    • ‘His herd of 133 sheep and goats were de-wormed and several were given shots for mange.’
    • ‘As mange hits Britain's foxes yet again, our lack of knowledge about the disease, and how best to treat it, becomes ever more apparent.’
    • ‘These myths about mange reach gigantic proportions causing fear to strike in the hearts of dog owners.’
    • ‘European red foxes contribute to spreading mange throughout the country as well, as at times they utilise wombat burrows for rest.’
    • ‘The main threat to dogs, he adds, comes from mange, a skin disease caused by mites, which is common in urban foxes.’
    • ‘The dramatic hair loss is caused by mange, a condition spurred by an outbreak of mites.’
    • ‘During the Bristol mange epidemic, we found that casualties had their territory invaded by new foxes within days.’
    • ‘Others are rather unpleasant parasites themselves, such as ticks, chiggers, and the skin mites that cause mange and scabies.’
    • ‘A recent article mentioned the successful use of a tea tree lotion to treat ringworm and mange in hedgehogs in the UK.’
    • ‘An estimated 4,000 dogs, covered with mange and ticks, roam the land and are sometimes so hungry they resort to cannibalizing other dogs.’
    • ‘His fur all fell out and underneath he had dreadful mange.’
    • ‘The animal was also emaciated but its main problem was mange, leaving much of its body hairless and covered in lesions, Ms Shields said.’
    • ‘Numerous readers have written in with reports that the ‘hyote’ is actually a fox, dog, or bear with terrible mange.’
    • ‘Fresh seeds - first ground or chewed, then mixed with lard - are applied as an ointment against itch and mange.’
    • ‘A good diet and clean environment can greatly reduce the opportunity for your cat to develop mange.’
    • ‘So this indicates to me that when we come across a wombat with mange we must look at why it has the mange.’
    scabies, scab, itch, rash, eruption, skin infection
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Late Middle English: from Old French mangeue, from mangier ‘eat’, from Latin manducare ‘to chew’.