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miracidium

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noun mi·ra·cid·i·um \ˌmir-ə-ˈsi-dē-əm, ˌmī-rə-\

Definition of miracidium

plural mi·ra·cid·iaplay \-dē-ə\

  1. :  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 play \-dē-əl\ adjective


Origin of miracidium

New Latin, from Greek meirak-, meirax youth, stripling + New Latin -idium


First Known Use: 1898


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miracidium

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noun mi·ra·cid·i·um \ˌmir-ə-ˈsid-ē-əm, ˌmī-rə-\

Medical Definition of miracidium

plural mi·ra·cid·ia \-ē-ə\play

  1. :  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

  2. mi·ra·cid·i·al \-ē-əl\play adjective




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