miracidium


mi·ra·cid·i·um

noun \ˌmir-ə-ˈsi-dē-əm, ˌmī-rə-\
plural mi·ra·cid·ia\-dē-ə\

Definition of MIRACIDIUM

:  the free-swimming ciliated first larva of a digenetic trematode that seeks out and penetrates a suitable snail intermediate host in which it develops into a sporocyst
mi·ra·cid·i·al \-dē-əl\ adjective

Origin of MIRACIDIUM

New Latin, from Greek meirak-, meirax youth, stripling + New Latin -idium
First Known Use: 1898

mi·ra·cid·i·um

noun \ˌmir-ə-ˈsid-ē-əm, ˌmī-rə-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mi·ra·cid·ia \-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of MIRACIDIUM

: the free-swimming ciliated first larva of a digenetic trematode that seeks out and penetrates a suitable snail intermediate host in which it develops into a sporocyst
mi·ra·cid·i·al \-ē-əl\ adjective

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