Definition of Isle of Wight disease in English:

Isle of Wight disease


mass noun
  • A disease of bees that is caused by a parasitic mite.

    The mite is Acarapis woodi, order (or subclass) Acari

    ‘The island is the place of origin of Acarine Disease, formerly known as Isle of Wight disease, a rapidly spreading ailment that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of bees a year.’


So named because it was first observed in the Isle of Wight in 1904.