acaro-, acar-, acari-, acarin-

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

Acarina (pl) (proper noun)
A subclass of tiny arachnids; Acari: Mites and ticks, which are characterised by a lack any body divisions, are included in the order of Acarina.
acarinarium (s) (noun), acarinaria; acarinariums (pl)
A specialized anatomical structure which is adapted to facilitate the retention of mites on the body of an organism, such as a bee or a wasp: The acarinarium evolved to enhance the mutual relationship between the mites and the host organisms.
acarine (adjective) (not comparable)
Of, belonging, or due to mites: After being bitten by a mite, the doctor examined her and diagnosed her as having an acarine disease.
acarine (s) (noun), acarines (pl)
A member of the order Acari: Jill learned in her biology class at school that mites and ticks were arachnids and also termed acarines.
acarine dermatosis (s) (noun), acarine dermatoses (pl)
An eruption of the skin caused by mite parasites: When Jane saw the very serious rash on her arm, she went to her doctor who diagnosed it as being a case of acarine dermatosis and told her to make sure that her pet dog was treated for mites.
acarine disease (s) (noun), acarine diseases (pl)
A disease of adult bees caused by the parasitic mite Acarpis woodi: The acarine disease, also called the "Isle of Wight disease", affects the tracheae of honeybees, causing them to be incapable of flying.
acarinosis (s) (noun), acarinoses (pl)
Any disease caused by mites: Scrabies is termed as a case of acarinosis and is caused by the presence of parasitic mites, which belong to the Acarida.
acariosis (s) (noun), acarioses (pl)
Infestation with ticks or mites: After the veterinarian examined Judy's dog, Dr. Simmons said that it had a case of acariosis and gave her medication to cure the state of it being overrun by parasites.
acarodermatitis (s) (noun), dermatitises; dermatitides (pl)
Any skin inflammation caused by mites: The swelling and soreness on Jean's leg was effected by a mite and was diagnosed by her doctor to be acarodermatitis.
acaroid (adjective), more acaroid, most acaroid
Resembling a mite, or mite-like: This term pertains to an acaroid form of an Acarus or a mite.
acarological (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to the scientific study of mites and ticks: Since she always wanted to learn more about those parasites, like mites and ticks, she finally found some acarological information concerning these animals on the internet.
acarologically (adverb), more acarologically, most acarologically
Relating to how mites and ticks live, thrive, and where they exist: When studying the topics of mites and ticks, Tom's research was acarologically confirmed by viewing these creatures under a microscope and by examining his dog!
acarologist (s) (noun), acarologists (pl)
A specialist in acarology or the scientific study of mites and ticks: Dick's father was an acarologist and worked together with other experts in a lab doing research on arachnids.
acarology (s) (noun) (no pl)
A branch of zoology that involves the study of mites and ticks: Mrs. Smith was absolutely amazed at the information she read about acarology, and thought that she should clean and purify her house again!

"There are thousands and thousands of sub-visible dust mites in every home, regardless of how often it is cleaned. It sounds unpleasant, but is quite normal."

"Our houses are hosts to these creatures which are ultra-tiny (so small they were only first discovered in 1965) which live in human carpets, in our beds, on our food, floating in the air, in fact, they are omnipresent."

—David Bodanis in The Secret House;
Simon & Schuster, Inc.; New York; 1986; page 14.
acarophile (s) (noun), acarophiles (pl)
That which thrives in association with mites or which is attracted by mites: Karen's veterinarian explained that it was the acarophile of her cat by the mites which were living in her ears that made the animal's ears itch.

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