Itch

Itch
Itch Itch, n. 1. (Med.) An eruption of small, isolated, acuminated vesicles, produced by the entrance of a parasitic mite (the {Sarcoptes scabei}), and attended with itching. It is transmissible by contact. [1913 Webster]

2. Any itching eruption. [1913 Webster]

3. A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also {scabies}, {psora}, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. A constant irritating desire. [1913 Webster]

An itch of being thought a divine king. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Baker's itch}. See under {Baker}.

{Barber's itch}, sycosis.

{Bricklayer's itch}, an eczema of the hands attended with much itching, occurring among bricklayers.

{Grocer's itch}, an itching eruption, being a variety of eczema, produced by the sugar mite ({Tyrogluphus sacchari}).

{Itch insect} (Zo["o]l.), a small parasitic mite ({Sarcoptes scabei}) which burrows and breeds beneath the human skin, thus causing the disease known as the itch. See Illust. in Append.

{Itch mite}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Itch insect}, above. Also, other similar mites affecting the lower animals, as the horse and ox.

{Sugar baker's itch}, a variety of eczema, due to the action of sugar upon the skin.

{Washerwoman's itch}, eczema of the hands and arms, occurring among washerwomen. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • itch´i|ly — itch|y «IHCH ee», adjective, itch|i|er, itch|i|est. 1. that itches; itching: »an itchy sore, itchy skin. 2. Figurative …   Useful english dictionary

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  • itch — [ich] vi. [ME yicchen, icchen < OE giccan, akin to Ger jucken] 1. to feel or cause an irritating sensation on the skin that makes one want to scratch the affected part 2. to have a restless desire or hankering vt. 1. to make itch 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Itch — ([i^]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Itched} ([i^]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Itching}.] [OE. icchen, [yogh]icchen, AS. giccan; akin to D. jeuken, joken, G. jucken, OHG. jucchen.] [1913 Webster] 1. To have an uneasy sensation in the skin, which inclines the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • itch — ► NOUN 1) an uncomfortable sensation that causes a desire to scratch the skin. 2) informal an impatient desire. ► VERB 1) be the site of or experience an itch. 2) informal feel an impatient desire to do something. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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