filaria

noun fi·lar·ia \ fə-ˈler-ē-ə \

Definition of filaria

plural filariae play \fə-ˈler-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī\
: 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

filarial

play \fə-ˈler-ē-əl\ adjective

filariid

play \fə-ˈler-ē-əd\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of filaria

New Latin, genus name, from Latin filum


Medical Dictionary

filaria

noun fi·lar·ia \ fə-ˈlar-ē-ə, -ˈler- \

medical Definition of filaria

1 plural filariae play \-ē-ˌē, -ˌī\ : 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

filarial

\-ē-əl\ adjective
    • filarial worms
    • filarial disease
    • filarial vectors

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