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Pronunciation: o'to-dek'tez

Definition: A genus of ear mites (family Psoroptidae) consisting of a single species, Otodectes cynotis, the cause of otodectic mange in dogs, cats, and other carnivores; the entire lifespan of this mite is spent in the ears (rarely on the body) of the host, where it feeds on epidermal debris; it can be found in the encrusted material scraped from infected ears.

[oto- + dektes, beggar, receiver]

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