cercaria

noun
cer·​car·​ia | \ (ˌ)sər-ˈker-ē-ə How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \
plural cercariae\ (ˌ)sər-​ˈker-​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \

Definition of cercaria

: a usually tadpole-shaped larval trematode worm that develops in a molluscan host from a redia

Other Words from cercaria

cercarial \ (ˌ)sər-​ˈker-​ē-​əl How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of cercaria

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cercaria

New Latin, from Greek kerkos

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The first known use of cercaria was circa 1871

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“Cercaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cercaria. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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cercaria

noun
cer·​car·​ia | \ (ˌ)sər-ˈkar-ē-ə, -ˈker- How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \
plural cercariae\ -​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \

Medical Definition of cercaria

: a usually tadpole-shaped larval trematode worm that develops in a molluscan host from a redia

Other Words from cercaria

cercarial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce cercaria (audio) \ adjective

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