filaria

noun
fi·​lar·​ia | \ fə-ˈler-ē-ə How to pronounce filaria (audio) \
plural filariae\ fə-​ˈler-​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce filaria (audio) , -​ē-​ˌī \

Definition of filaria

: any of numerous slender filamentous nematodes (Wuchereria, Onchocerca, and related genera) that as adults are parasites in the blood or tissues of mammals and as larvae usually develop in biting insects

Other Words from filaria

filarial \ fə-​ˈler-​ē-​əl How to pronounce filaria (audio) \ adjective
filariid \ fə-​ˈler-​ē-​əd How to pronounce filaria (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of filaria

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filaria

New Latin, genus name, from Latin filum

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“Filaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filaria. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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filaria

noun
fi·​lar·​ia | \ fə-ˈlar-ē-ə, -ˈler- How to pronounce filaria (audio) \

Medical Definition of filaria

1 plural filariae\ -​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce filaria (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce filaria (audio) \ : 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

Other Words from filaria

filarial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce filaria (audio) \ adjective
filarial worms filarial disease filarial vectors

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