miracidium

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

Other Words from miracidium

miracidial \-dē-əl \ adjective

First Known Use of miracidium

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for miracidium

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

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miracidium

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

Other Words from miracidium

miracidial \-ē-əl \ adjective

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