Definition of filaria
plural filariaeplay \-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī\
: any of numerous slender filamentous nematodes (Filaria and related genera) that as adults are parasites in the blood or tissues of mammals and as larvae usually develop in biting insects
Origin of filaria
New Latin, genus name, from Latin filum
First Known Use: 1833
Medical Definition of filaria
1plural filariae \-ē-ˌē, -ˌī\play play : any of numerous slender filamentous nematodes that as adults are parasites in the blood or tissues of birds or mammals and as larvae usually develop in biting insects (as fleas or mosquitoes) that belong to the superfamily Filarioidea, and that for the most part were once included in the genus Filaria but are now divided among various genera (as Wuchereria and Onchocerca)
2 capitalized in former classifications : a genus of nematodes that included most of the filarial worms
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