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mite, small, often microscopic arachnid that belongs to several orders in the subclass Acari (or Acarina), to which the tick also belongs; mites and ticks are related to the spiders. The unsegmented mite body is typically oval and compact, although a few, mostly parasites, are elongated and wormlike. There are four pairs of legs. The movable head is attached to the body by a hinge. There are four stages in the life cycle: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.

The thousands of different mite species are worldwide in distribution and occupy diverse habitats, including plant galls, mosses, other animals, and surface litter or upper layers of the soil. One group, the water mites, has returned to an aquatic environment, both fresh- and saltwater. Mites eat plant or animal substances, decaying organisms, and humus, and also infest stored food products such as cheese, meat, grains, and flour. The spider mite, or red spider, which is a mite and not a spider, feeds on plants and is destructive to crops. Many mites are parasitic on other arthropods, on mollusks, or on vertebrates. Mange and scabies mites lay their eggs in the skin and cause irritation in humans and fur-bearing animals. Other species are parasitic on the skin of birds and reptiles, and some live in the respiratory channels of birds and mammals. Chiggers, the larvae of harvest mites, transmit the organism that causes scrub typhus. Fowl mites feed on the blood of poultry. House dust mites, which thrive in moist environments and eat flakes of human skin and other minute organic material, produce digestive enzymes that are excreted in their feces and produce allergic reactions in many people.

Mites belong in the phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Chelicerata, class Arachnida, subclass Acari.

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mite1 / mīt/ • n. a minute arachnid (order or subclass Acari) that has four pairs of legs when adult, related to the ticks. Many kinds live in the soil and a number are parasitic on plants or animals. mite2 • n. 1. a small child or animal, esp. when regarded as an object of sympathy: the poor little mite looks half-starved. 2. a very small amount: his teacher thought he needed a mite of discipline. ∎ hist. a small coin, in particular a small Flemish copper coin of very low face value. See also widow's mite. • adv. (a mite) inf. a little; slightly: all evening he's seemed a mite awkward.

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mite (myt) n. a free-living or parasitic arthropod belonging to a group (Acarina) that also includes the ticks. Medically important mites include the many species causing dermatitis. house-dust m. a mite of the genus Dermatophagoides, the waste products of which produce an allergic response in susceptible people that is an important trigger for some forms of rhinitis and asthma.

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mite1 minute insect; now spec. an acarid, and chiefly the cheese-mite. OE. mīte = MLG., MDu. mīte (Du. mijt), OHG. mīza gnat:- Gmc. *mītōn, perh. to be referred to *mait- (OHG. meizan, ON. meita, Goth. maitan) cut.

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mite Minute arachnid found worldwide, many are parasites. The adult has four pairs of legs with claws at the tip, and a fused head and abdomen. Length: 0.5–3mm (0.02–0.1in). Class Arachnida; order Acarina. See also chigger; tick

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mite2 Flemish coin of very small value; (hence) any small monetary unit; jot, whit XIV; very small object XVI. — MLG., MDu. mīte (Du. mijt):- Gmc. *mītōn, prob. identical with prec.

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MITE Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers

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