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barber's itch definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: fungal infection of the face and neck [syn: tinea barbae, barber's itch]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 2. Any itching eruption. 3. A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also scabies, psora, etc. 4. A constant irritating desire. An itch of being thought a divine king. --Dryden. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Barber Bar"ber, n. [OE. barbour, OF. barbeor, F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb.] One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons. Barber's itch. See under Itch. Note: Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery, such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such terms as barber surgeon ( old form barber chirurgeon), barber surgery, etc.


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