- Sar·cop·tes sär-'käp-(.)tēz n a genus of whitish itch mites that is the type genus of the family Sarcoptidae
* * *n.a genus of small oval mites. The female of S. scabiei, the scabies mite, tunnels into the skin, where it lays its eggs. The presence of the mites causes severe irritation, which eventually leads to scabies.
* * *Sar·cop·tes (sahr-kopґtēz) [sarco- + Gr. koptein to cut] a genus of mites of the family Sarcoptidae. S. scabieґi is the scabies or itch mite of humans, which causes scabies. Varieties of the same species cause mange in other animals.
Medical dictionary. 2011.