infestation with acarids, especially mites.
a skin disease caused by such infestation, as scabies.
infestation of the hair follicles and skin with acarids, esp mites

acariasis ac·a·ri·a·sis (āk’ə-rī’ə-sĭs)
n. pl. ac·a·ri·a·ses (-sēz’)
A disease, usually of the skin, caused by infestation with mites. Also called acaridiasis, acarinosis.


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