Bancroftian filariasis

noun
Ban·​croft·​i·​an filariasis | \ ˈban-ˌkrȯf-tē-ən-, ˈbaŋ- How to pronounce Bancroftian filariasis (audio) \
variants: or Bancroft's filariasis \ -​ˌkrȯf(t)s-​ How to pronounce Bancroftian filariasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of Bancroftian filariasis

: filariasis caused by a slender white filaria of the genus Wuchereria (W. bancrofti) that is transmitted in larval form by mosquitoes, lives in lymph vessels and lymphoid tissues periodically shedding larvae into the peripheral bloodstream, and often causes elephantiasis by blocking lymphatic drainage

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“Bancroftian filariasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Bancroftian%20filariasis. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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