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filaria

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noun fi·lar·ia \fə-ˈler-ē-ə\

Definition of filaria

plural filariaeplay \-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī\

  1. :  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

filarial play \-ē-əl\ adjective
filariid play \-ē-əd\ adjective or noun


Origin of filaria

New Latin, genus name, from Latin filum


First Known Use: 1833


Medical Dictionary

filaria

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noun fi·lar·ia \fə-ˈlar-ē-ə, -ˈler-\

Medical Definition of filaria

  1. 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. 2 capitalized in former classifications :  a genus of nematodes that included most of the filarial worms

filarial \-ē-əl\ adjective <filarial worms> <filarial disease> <filarial vectors>



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