acaro-, acar-, acari-, acarin-

(Greek > Latin: "tiny spider", mite[s] "itch"; ticks)

Acarapis (s) (noun), Acarapae (pl)
A mite that is an internal parasite of honey bees: "The farmer's apiary was devastated by an infestation of Acarapae."
acararian (adjective), more acararian, most acararian
Pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of a mite: "The loss of the honey crop was attributed to the more acararian invasion of a new species of mites that attacked the hives."
Acari (noun) (plural)
Mites and ticks; a diverse order of small free-living and parasitic arthropods (Arachnida) comprising about 30,000 recognized species although this may represent only a small proportion of the world fauna; a body mostly small, compact; head and abdomen fused; mouthparts include chelicerae and subcapitulum; immense variety of form and habit in three suborders, Acariformes, Opilioacriformes, and Parasitiformes.

"Aristotle called mites akari and they are now described as being of the order Acarina. They are impressively tiny, the follicle mite with all its complex anatomy is smaller than the single cell of the human ovum."

"Our skins are a habitat which supports a whole flora and fauna of creatures which have evolved with us through millennia."

"Few people can calmly accept the idea that worm-like creatures which have been described as eight-legged crocodiles squirm out their microcosmic lives in warm oily lairs in our hair follicles."

—Compiled from The Life That Lives on Man by Michael Andrews;
Taplinger Publishing Company; New York; 1977; page 75.
acarian (noun), more acarian, most acarian
1. A reference to mites.
2. Pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of a mite.
acariasis (s) (noun), acariases (pl)
1. Infestation with mites: "Jim's neighbor had cleaners come to their house to clean their rugs because of the acariasis that existed there."
2. Any disease caused by mites, usually a skin infestation or dermatitis caused by mites: "The red blotches on the man's skin appeared to be acariasis, which was apparently caused by the mites that came into the house of his dog who had been running in the field of wild grass."
acaricidal (adjective), more acaricidal, most acaricidal
A reference to a substance, or preparation for, killing acarids or mites: "The rug cleaner recommended that the neighbor apply the most acaricidal solution she could find to the rug on a regular basis to control for mites."
acaricide (verb), acaricides; acaricided; acariciding
To kill or to destroy mites with a special solution: "The disinfectant that Mark had purchased at the hardware store was acariciding the mites in the garden very effectively."
acarid (s) (noun), acarids (pl)
An insect that is parasitic on animals or plants and which includes the mites and ticks: "When Sharon walked in the deep grass, she was bitten by acarids which caused rashes and pain."
Acaridan (s) (noun), Acaridae (pl),
A family of small insects consisting of mites and ticks: "After Linda was bitten by a tick, she got a book from the library so she could read about Acaridae; especially, how to protect herself from further bites/"
acaridan (s) (noun), acaridans (pl)
Of or belonging to mites or a member of the mite family: "The acaridans which were listed in the book from the library indicated various sizes from microscopic to larger species."
acaridian (adjective), more acaridian, most acaridian
Referring to mites or to the family Acaridae.
acaridiasis (s) (noun), acaridiases (pl)
A state of being invaded or overrun by itching mites: "The acaridiasis caused the woman's dog to scratch so vigorously and incessantly that she had to take him to the veterinarian for treatment."
acariform (s) (noun), acariforms (pl)
Shaped or in the form of a mite or mites: "Using powerful microscopes in the biology laboratory, the students studied and drew acariforms as part of their class assignment."
Acariformes (pl) (noun)
Diverse suborder of mites comprising three subgroups, Astigmata, Oribatei, Prostigmata; including phytophagous, fungivorous, predatory, and parasitic forms: "The lecture in the zoological department at the university focused on Acariformes which was a topic of great interest to the veterinarian students."
Acarina (s) (noun), Acari (pl)

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "spider; arachnoidea": arachno-; arano-; mite, mites.